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March 8, 2020Game | Basketball

Northwest 78, Missouri Southern 76

(Photo courtesy Gabi Brooks, Northwest Athletics)

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Northwest knocked off Missouri Southern for the third time this season 78-76 to claim the MIAA Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon.

The Bearcats (31-1) led by as many as 15 points late in the first half, but the Lions clawed back to tie it 67-67 with 3:06 remaining in the game.

Sophomore guard Trevor Hudgins responded scoring the next nine points for Northwest to go in front 76-71 with 22 seconds left.

Hudgins was named MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player as he finished the title game with 31 points and six assists.

Diego Bernard contributed a double-double for the second straight night with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Wes Dreamer came off the bench to spark the Bearcats with 18 points on 7-14 shooting.

Hudgins, Bernard, Ryan Hawkins and Ryan Welty played all 40 minutes of the championship game.

Northwest advances to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Central Region.