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Dec. 6, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo.

Northwest Shooters Hit Stride Early in Season

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Northwest men's basketball rolls into Wednesday night's game against Missouri Western with a 19-game winning streak dating back to last February.

The Bearcats early success this season has been aided by a potent offensive attack.

Northwest leads the MIAA in field goal percentage (51.5%) and is seventh in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (44.4%).

Justin Pitts and Chris Ndow have been the headliners through the first eight games of the season.

Pitts crossed into unchartered territory for Bearcat already this season by eclipsing the 2,000 point mark for his career, and leads the team with 23 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Ndow is on the way to his best season with Northwest averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebound per game, and he's currently third in the country hitting 61.1-percent of his three point attempts this season.

The Bearcats are also starting to see one of their newcomers find his stroke with the team. Minnesota State transfer Joey Witthus has scored at least 10 points in four of his last five games, including 18 on six of nine shooting beyond the arc against Truman State.

"It's hard to guard us with all of those weapons, and also because no one really cares about their stats that much," junior guard Joey Witthus said. "If someone is feeling it one night, keep going to them. The next night it might be someone else."

"You just have to pick your poison with us."

Through eight games, Northwest has also received production from Xavier Kurth, Brett Dougherty, Ryan Welty and Ryan Hawkins, as each one has scored in double figures at least once already this season.

The next team hoping to slow down this scoring attack is Missouri Western. 

The Bearcats meet the Griffons at 7:30pm Wednesday in St. Joseph.