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March 7, 2020Game | Basketball
Northwest hammered Missouri Western in the second half Saturday evening in Kansas City to advance to the championship round of the MIAA Tournament.
The Bearcats (30-1) trailed 31-29 at halftime in their third meeting of the season with the Griffons.
After a lackluster opening 20 minutes, Northwest broke out with 51 points in the second half en route to a commanding victory.
Missouri Western kept Northwest out of rhythm early on in a 2-3 zone, but the Griffons failed to contain three-point sharpshooter Ryan Welty.
The senior from Parkville caught fire late in the first half and began digging Northewst out of a hole.
Welty finished with 12 points on 4-7 shooting from long range.
Ryan Hawkins led all scorers with 28 points.
Diego Bernard had a career-night pulling down an absurd 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points.
Northwest advances to face Missouri Southern in the MIAA Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon.