Colin McDonough, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations
MARYVILLE – The Northwest Missouri State University men’s basketball team cruised past Minnesota State 91-62, as they avenged last year’s first round upset and advanced to the second round.
The Bearcats fell victim to NCAA Division II March Madness last year against the Mavericks when MSU upset the No. 1 seed, 60-50.
This story played differently as Northwest got on a roll early with a 12-point lead in the first five minutes of the game. That stretch set the tone early as the Bearcats continued their hot shooting tendencies up until halftime when they carried a 54-35 advantage
Joey Witthus lead the Bearcats in scoring as he finished with a career-high 39 points. It’s the sixth time this season that Witthus scored 30 or more points in a game.
Northwest was granted their largest lead of the night with two minutes left to go in the game as they went up by 31 points. This surge of offensive power was helped by a sold-out crowd at Bearcat Arena.
The Bearcats will face-off against the winner of St. Cloud State and Southern Nazarene matchup. The second round matchup will happen Sunday at 7:30 p.m.