ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
After a close first half that saw Northwest only lead 38-36, the Bearcats clamped down on defense to run past the Northern State Wolves 71-60 in the final day of the Hillyard Tip-off Classic.
The Beacats were led by senior guard Justin Pitts,as he scored 22 points on 9-15 shooting and chipped in six assists.
Fellow senior Brett Dougherty also had quite a game himself, ending the contest with 16 points on a very efficient 6-11 shooting. Time and time again, he made shot after shot and used his athleticism to take advantage of the taller Wolves post players.
"He's probably the most underrated player in our conference in my opinion," coach Ben McCollum said after the game. "He's as good as any post player we have in this league, was last year as well. I think statistically he won't ever get the number others do. There's games where he has two points and two rebounds but he's the best player on the floor."
"Mac (Ben McCollum) felt like I could expose them a little bit on defense because I'm a little smaller than they were and quicker because of that, and they weren't doubling," Dougherty added. "When they don't double, I have to be aggressive. I have to make something happen because of that."
Northwest is back in action this Friday night against Metropolitan State in their home opener in Maryville. Tip-off at 7 p.m.