MARYVILLE, Mo. (WIBW) - Emporia State used a 13-3 run in the second half to pull within six points before #2 Northwest Missouri pulled away to a 79-59 win in Maryville, Mo. on Wednesday night.
The Hornets led 8-6 with 15:04 left on a Malik Hluchoweckyj three-pointer before the Bearcats went on a 13-0 run to go up 19-8 with 8:33 left in the half. NWMSU would go up 37-21 with 59 seconds left in the half on the strength of an 8-0 run. Kooper Glick hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left to send the teams to the locker rooms with Northwest leading 37-23. The difference in the half was the Bearcats scored 13 points off seven Emporia State turnovers while Northwest did not turn the ball over in the opening 20 minutes.
Kooper Glick hit a three-pointer to start the second half and his old fashioned three-point play with 17:34 left cut the Bearcat lead to 39-29. Back to back three-pointers by Joey Withus and Ryan Hawkins gave the Bearcats a 16 point lead with 16:33 left in the game. Kooper Glick and Hluchoweckyj then combined on an 8-0 run and two Glick free throws with 13:01 left cut the lead below double digits at 45-37. Hawkins hit another three-pointer to put the Bearcats up 11 only to have Hluchoweckyj drive the lane for two and Glick hit a three-pointer to make it 48-42 with 11:44 left.
Northwest got another three-pointer, this one from Trevor Hudgins, to go up 51-42. Hluchoweckyj got a steal and found Hassan Thomas for a dunk at the 10:29 mark to make it 51-44 and after a Joey Witthus bucket Glick hit another three to bring the Hornets within six at 53-47 with 9:35 remaining. The Bearcats then went on an 8-2 run to push their lead back to double digits. Witthus scored all eight points during the run and would score 16 straight Bearcat points capped by a four-point play with 5:24 left that gave Northwest a 67-52 lead. The Bearcats would then go on a 12-1 run to take their biggest lead of the night at 79-53 with 1:36 left. Grant Shell and Justin Washington each hit a three pointer in the final 1:15 for Emporia State to make the final scored 79-59.
Kooper Glick led Emporia State with 22 points, five rebounds and two blocks while Hluchoweckyj contributed 14 points and three assists.
The Hornets will travel to St. Joseph, Mo. on Saturday to take on Missouri Western. Tip-off in the MWSU Fieldhouse is set for 4:00 p.m.
After being plagued by poor third quarters in their last few games, the Lady Hornets scored the first 12 points of the second half to take control in a 54-41 win at Northwest Missouri on Wednesday night.
Both teams struggled in the first half and the game was tied at 11 after the first quarter. Emporia State got back to back layups from Daley Handy to take a 15-11 lead with 8:04 left for the biggest lead of the half. Emporia State led 21-17 with 1:44 left before the Bearcats scored the final three points to make it a one point game at the half.
The Lady Hornets came out on fire to start the second half, scoring the first 12 points of the third period. When Tatum Graves hit her second straight bucket with 5:22 left Emporia State had a 33-20 lead. The margin would reach 14 points at 37-23 when Emily Miller scored inside. That would be the last points for Emporia State in the third as the Bearcats scored the final five points to make it 37-28 going to the fourth quarter.
Jessica Wayne hit a three-pointer to start the fourth and Addie Lackey hit a jumper in the lane to push the lead back to 14 at 42-28 with 8:16 left in the game. Emporia State would maintain a double digit lead the rest of the game with Jessica Wayne's three-pointer with 2:07 left being the final points of the game.
Jessica Wayne had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Addie Lackey was the only other player in double figures with ten points. Morgan Laudan scored eight points and pulled 11 rebounds.
The Lady Hornets will travel to St. Joseph, Mo. on Saturday to take on Missouri Western. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
Emporia State played without leading scorer Tyra Jones who was in concussion protocol.