UNK Makes 10 Threes in Losing Effort|
Junior guard Adarius Fulton scored 23 points and had seven steals as Missouri Western State used a 13-0 second half run to rally past Nebraska-Kearney, 75-64, Wednesday night at the Health & Sports Center.
This was the first meeting between the Griffons (6-7, 2-3) and the Lopers (4-9, 1-4) since 1989. UNK still leads the all-time series, 16-12.
Turning the ball over a season-high 24 times, Kearney had trouble all night with Westernís zone defense. The Lopers had just seven points in the first nine minutes of the game but, by midway through the second half, the perimeter shots were falling.
A 10-0 UNK run began with a triple from senior Jon Henderson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and ended with a trey from sophomore Tyler Shields (Kearney). On the night, UNK went 10 of 28 (35.7%) from long range.
The offensive outburst made the score 53-45 with 9:27 to play. Western responded in a big way, however, finishing on a 30-11 run.
The 13-0 spurt saw Western make five straight shots, including three treys. After sophomore Pierre Newton (Laveen, Ariz.) made one of two free throws, the Griffons made a sixth straight shot, another three, to lead 61-54 with 5:42 left.
UNK didnít get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Western scored 34 of its points off of those 24 miscues and tallied 40 points in the paint thanks to a series of fast break layups. Playing all 40 minutes, Fulton went 9 of 13 from the floor (2 of 5 threes) and also handed out three assists.
Off the bench, post Alfreeman Flowers had 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds (four offense) with starter Dzenan Mrkalijevic scoring 10 thanks to 3 of 6 three point shooting.
UNK, which out rebounded the Griffons 34-33, shot a respectable 42.9% (21 of 49) from the field. Henderson tallied 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half as he went 5 of 11 from behind the arc. This marks the lefties fifth game of 20 or more points this season.
Shields tallied 12 thanks to four made threes while also grabbing seven rebounds. Finally, Lincoln senior Drew Sankey had 10 points and seven rebounds, sinking his fifth career three right before the half time buzzer.
UNK hosts nationally-ranked Washburn Saturday afternoon.