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Jan. 9, 2019Game | Basketball

Northwest 79, Emporia State 59

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Joey Witthus eclipsed 30 points for a second consecutive game as Northwest topped Emporia State 79-59 Wednesday night.

The senior from Chanhassen, Minnesota finished with 32 points against the Hornets – 19 coming in the second half – after posting a career-high 34 against Central Oklahoma Saturday.

Emporia State trailed by 16 points in the first half, but cut the deficit to six in the second half. As the Hornets inched closer, Witthus kicked it into high gear outscoring Emporia 16-8 by himself during a five minute span in the second half to boost the Bearcats.

Northwest improved to 15-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA with the win.

As a team, the 'Cats shot 44.3-percent from the field and 43.6-percent behind the arc.

The Bearcats also made the most of their offensive possessions only turning the ball over three times and snaring 12 offensive rebounds.

Northwest also outrebounded Emporia State 33-30 – the 13th time in 15 games the 'Cats have held the rebounding advantage over their opponent. They only accomplished that feat 16 times all of last season.

Three Bearcats in addition to Witthus also scored in double figures Wednesday. Ryan Hawkins hit double digits for the 14th time this season with 13 points. Diego Bernard finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Trevor Hudgins added 11 points and six rebounds.

Northwest Missouri State is home again Saturday, January 12 against Washburn. The matchup features the only two unbeaten teams remaining in MIAA play. Tip off will be at 3:30pm with pregame on KXCV 90.5 and KRNW 88.9 at 3:10pm.