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March 7, 2020Game | Basketball

Northwest 80, Missouri Western 54

(Photo courtesy Gabi Brooks, Northwest Athletics)

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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.