Witthus’s 33 Point Night Leads Northwest Past Illinois-Springfield

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The No. 2-ranked Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team moved to 6-0 on the season with an 85-66 win over Illinois-Springfield at Municipal Auditorium.

Senior Joey Witthus poured in a career-high 33 points and sophomore Ryan Hawkins tallied his third double-double of the year with 18 rebounds and 16 points.

Five Bearcats scored in double figures with Trevor Hudgins adding 14 points, Diego Bernard scoring 11 points and Ryan Welty tossing in 11 as well.

Northwest will be back in action Friday at 2 p.m. in Bearcat Arena against Tabor College.

NOTES: Northwest has 26 straight games on neutral floors … Northwest won the rebounding battle for the sixth time this season, 42-38.