No. 1 Northwest Takes Care Of Lindenwood, 72-41

ST CHARLES, Missouri – The Northwest Missouri State University men’s basketball team defended its No. 1 national ranking on Thursday with a 72-41 victory over the Lindenwood Lions at Hyland Arena.

Northwest (22-0 overall, 12-0 MIAA) used hot shooting (57.4 percent) and stifling defense by limiting Lindenwood to 30.4 percent from the floor. Lindenwood falls to 11-13 overall and 4-8 in the MIAA.

Northwest scored the game’s first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field in the first half on 15-of-25 shooting.

Senior Joey Witthus scored a game-high 18 points. Witthus was 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Redshirt freshman Trevor Hudgins tallied 17 points and handed out three assists.

The Bearcats will be back in action Saturday at Lincoln. Tip is set for 3 p.m. in Jefferson City, Missouri.

NOTES: Northwest extended the nation’s longest win streak to 22 in a row … the Bearcats have won 17 consecutive MIAA games as well … Northwest won for the 11th straight time on the road … the Bearcats are 74-7 in their last 81 MIAA games … sophomore Ryan Hawkins collected his team-leading ninth double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds … Hawkins, the MIAA leader in steals added two more to give him 54 on the season … Hudgins was 4-for-4 at the free throw line and has now connected on 25 consecutive free throws.