BOLIVAR, Mo. — Behind the strong play of seniors Ryan Dougherty and Robson Memnon, the Southwest Baptist took down the No. 16 Northwest Missouri State 91-77 Tuesday night. The Bearcats provided a balanced offense, with five different players scoring in double-figures, on route to scoring the highest point total allowed by Northwest Missouri this season.
The battle of the Bearcats remained tight throughout a majority of the first half, with Northwest Missouri boasting the largest first half lead by either team, 7, with 7:56 to go in the opening half. The Bearcats would respond by slowly cutting into the lead, and eventually taking a 32-28 lead going into the locker room. SBU continued their strong play to open up the second half, and quickly pushed the lead to double-digits. Southwest Baptist would hold a 10+ lead for the final 10 minutes of the game, and go on to the 91-77 victory.
Ryan Dougherty had an outstanding final game in the Meyer Sports Center, scoring a game high 24 points and dishing out 7 assists in the win. Dougherty shot 67 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line. Robson Memnon had an equally impressive final game at home, scoring 14 points down low and grabbing 6 rebounds.
Daveion Zellner also provided a strong presence down low, scoring 14 points off of 7 of 9 shooting from the field. Kyle Sloan was perfect from the field, scoring 16 points for SBU, and Jake Littrel 13 points while both Littrel and Sloan went 3 for 3 from beyond the arc.
As a team, the Bearcats shot a season high 61.9 percent from the field, 69.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. SBU forced 17 turnovers and dished out 16 assists in the victory.