MARYVILLE, Missouri – The No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team trounced the Truman State Bulldogs in Bearcat Arena, 87-60.
Northwest moves to 5-0 on the season, while Truman State drops to 0-3.
Northwest used a double-barrel offensive attack from senior redshirt freshman Trevor Hudgins and Joey Witthus as both players set career highs in scoring. Hudgins poured in 28 points on 12-of-24 shooting, while Witthus connected for 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
The Bearcats protected the basketball by turning it over only five times, while forcing the Bulldogs into 20 turnovers. Sophomore Ryan Hawkins was credited with a career-high five steals. Hawkins led the Bearcats on the boards with 13.
Northwest will be back in action Monday at 8 p.m. against Illinois-Springfield at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
NOTES: Freshman Diego Bernard also set a career-high with 12 points … Northwest has won its last four home openers … head coach Ben McCollum improves to 8-2 in home openers in Bearcat Arena … Northwest has won its last 20 straight games in the month of November … the Bearcats hold a 103-94 edge vs. the Bulldogs in the all-time series.