ST JOSEPH, Missouri – The No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team moved to 4-0 and tied the MIAA and school records for consecutive wins at 42 with a 92-71 triumphover MSU Moorhead, 92-71.
Northwest shot 55.6 percent from the field (30-of-54), including 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from three-point land. Crookston also shot the ball well at 58.5 (31-of-53), but turned the ball over 16 times.
The Bearcats drained 24-of-27 free throws, while the Dragons were limited to 4-of-6 at the line.
Sophomore Diego Bernard tallied a career-high 24 points as he drained 9-of-14 field goals. Bernard grabbed a team-high tying seven rebounds.
Junior Ryan Hawkins led the scoring attack with 27 points. Hawkins made hay at the line as he made all 12 of his free throw attempts. Hawkins also was credited with a team-high tying seven rebounds.
Senior Ryan Welty tallied a season-high 17 points as he buried 4-of-5 three-pointers in the Bearcat victory. Welty was a perfect 5-of-5 the charity stripe.
Northwest tied the MIAA and school record with its 42nd straight victory. Northwest also won 42 games in a row in 1929-31.
Northwest will play its first home game of the season Thursday at 6 p.m. against the University of Saint Mary (Kansas) in Bearcat Arena.
NOTES: Northwest has won 35 consecutive games on neutral courts – the longest active streak among all NCAA Div. I, II and III schools … Northwest has won 26 consecutive games in the month of November.
ST. JOSEPH, Missouri – The No. 1-ranked Northwest Missouri State University men’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with defensive lockdown of Minnesota-Crookston on Friday at the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic held at Civic Arena, 60-52.On an afternoon when the Bearcats struggled to make shots consistently, Northwest relied on its defense to slow down the Golden Eagles. The Bearcats held the Golden Eagles to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, including a chilly 28 percent in the second half. Crookston made only seven second-half field goals.
The Bearcats had made 26 three-pointers and had shot 51.0 percent from three-point range in its opening two wins of the season the previous week at Civic Arena. That all changed this time out at Civic Arena against Crookston. Northwest made only two of 17 three-point shots for 11.8 percent from distance.
Sophomore guard Trevor Hudgins was the lone Bearcat to shoot better than 50 percent on the night as he drained 9-of-13 shots from the field. Hudgins also sank both of Northwest’s made three-pointers in the victory. Hudgins scored a game-high 28 points and tallied a team-best three steals.
Crookston built an 18-10 lead with 9:44 left in the opening half. Northwest responded and tied the game at 18-18 but could not relinquish the lead from the Golden Eagles.
Crookston held a 26-23 in the closing seconds in the first half before Northwest scored the cut the margin to one at the break, 26-25.
The Bearcats used an 18-4 run to take control of the contest. Sophomore Diego Bernard’s one-hand slam capped a 9-0 spurt that gave Northwest a 32-26 lead with 17:06 remaining in the game. Crookston hit 1-of-13 shots from the field in the 18-4 run.
Hudgins posted 17 of his points in the second half. Northwest would lead by as many as 11 points in the final 20 minutes and would go on to score an eight-point win over the Golden Eagles.
Northwest will take on MSU Moorhead Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic at Civic Arena.
NOTES: Northwest has won 41 consecutive games and its one victory away from tying the MIAA and school record for consecutive wins … Northwest has won 34 straight games on neutral courts … the Bearcats have won 25 straight games in the month of November … Ryan Hawkins tallied his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with :26.4 seconds left in the game … Hawkins also stuffed his stat sheet with five assists, two steals and a blocked shot … Bernard had seven points, eight rebounds and two assists … Tyler Dougherty secured eight rebounds and scored five points to go along with a blocked shot … it was the first meeting between Northwest and Crookston in men’s basketball.