No. 16 Bobcats bounce Hounds

CNJ staff

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State, ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, stayed perfect on the season with a 90-82 win over Eastern New Mexico in the championship game of the 28th annual Ryland Milner Classic, hosted by the Bearcats.

The Greyhounds shot a blistering 63 percent from the field. But Northwest forced 20 turnovers and held on down the stretch.

Austin Meyer led four in double figures for the Bearcats (3-0) with 26 points on 11 of 18 shooting. Kelvin Parker added 22, while Byron Jackson had 15 for Northwest Missouri.

Jamaal Hunnicutt and Garland Coleman each had 16 for the Hounds (2-1), with Hunnicutt adding team-highs of seven rebounds and six assists.

Meyer was named the MVP of the Milner Classic, while he was joined by Bearcats Parker and Jackson on the All-Classic team. Eastern’s Hunnicutt, Rockhurst’s Terrance Dopson and Warner Southern’s Ryan Menten were the other members of the All-Classic team.

The Greyhounds will be idle until Saturday, when they go to Las Cruces to face Division-I New Mexico State.

Hounds rally
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Junior Irshaun Pinckney led four Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 16 points Friday night as the Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to edge Rockhurst 67-63 in the semifinals.

The win put ENMU into Saturday’s championship game against the host Bearcats, who defeated Warner Southern 78-61 in the other semifinal matchup.

Hunnicutt added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Hounds, while Brent Cooper and Kennis Green chipped in 12 points apiece. Guard Terrance Dopson led the Kansas City, Mo.-based Hawks (0-3) with 20 points.

Rockhurst led 28-16 with five minutes to go in the half. Eastern trimmed the margin to 32-27 at the break, but still trailed 59-49 after a three-pointer by Mike Day with 6:26 left.
Neither team scored again until Washington drained a 3-pointer with 4:52 to go, kicking off a game-ending 18-4 run for the Hounds. Eastern scored 11 of the game’s final 12 points, finally taking the lead for good 64-63 on a layup by Garland Coleman with 59 seconds left.

Cooper, Hunnicutt and Coleman each hit one of two free throws in the remaining time, Coleman finally securing the win when he made the second of two shots with two seconds left.

Rockhurst made it tough by hitting 9 of 17 shots from 3-point range, including 6 of 9 in the second half.