Tight Game Goes toBearcats
Kearney, Neb. – The Northwest Missouri State men'sbasketball team rallied to force overtime and then got a big effort from seniorguard DeShaun Cooper to defeat Nebraska-Kearney, 73-69 , Thursday night at theHealth & Sports Center.
The Bearcats (9-5, 4-1) have won five of its last six gameswhile the Lopers (4-8, 2-5) lose at home for only the second time all year.
In a game with 14 ties and 11 lead changes. Kearney was up61-55 with 2:26 left in regulation, matching its biggest lead of the night. However, Northwest senior guard Bryston Williams scored eight points inless than a minute to give the ‘Cats the lead back. This stretch featured twothrees by Williams (game-high 20 points).
UNK tied the game at 63 on a jumper by Ravenna sophomoreConner Beranek with 52 seconds left. After Cooper missed two field goalattempts, Kearney had a chance to win it. But, the Lopers turned the ballover with two seconds left and Northwest couldn't get a shot off, sending thegame into extra time.
Never trailing in overtime, Northwest grabbed the lead forgood on a three-point play by the 5-8 and ultra –quick Cooper (14 points andsix assists). He then added another driving layup and assisted on a threeby Bryston to give Northwest a 71-66 cushion with 2:06 left.
Soon after, UNK was down three but went 1 of 4 at the linewith around a minute to go. Then, a potential game-tying three by junior TylerShields (Kearney H.S.) didn't find the bottom of the net with 24 seconds to goand a made free throw by Tyler Funk ended the scoring.
Omaha senior post Mike Dentlinger paced the Lopers byscoring 18 points on 7 of 13 field goal shooting. Beranek added 15 points andseven rebounds with Norfolk forward Ethan Brozek supplying nine rebounds andeight points off the bench.
UNK out rebounded Northwest by nine, 39-30, but made sixfewer threes and had five more turnovers.
Besides Williams and Cooper, the ‘Cats got 15 points fromlefty Conner Crooker and 11 points and four boards from post Dillon Starzl.
Kearney is at Hastings College Sunday afternoon.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information