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Feb. 10, 2024Game | Basketball

Northwest 75, Washburn 72

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Northwest Missouri State handed Washburn its first home loss of the season Saturday afternoon in a 75-72 slugfest at Lee Arena.

The Bearcats (19-4, 15-2 MIAA) were playing without senior Wes Dreamer due to injury, but Mitch Mascari picked up the slack to power Northwest to an eighth straight win.

Mascari was hitting early and often from deep, including a half court shot just before halftime. The junior from Geneva, IL hit nine of 11 three-point attempts on the way to a career-high 27 points.

Turnovers plagued Northwest in the first half, trailing 39-38 at halftime with 10 giveaways. Shooting was not a problem, however, as the Bearcats hit 61-percent of their attempts in the first 20 minutes.

The solid shooting continued in the second half, and Northwest took the lead for good with 2:18 remaining when Mascari hit his ninth three-pointer of the day to put the 'Cats up 69-66.

Bennett Stirtz was solid on the afternoon as well finishing with 19 points on nine of 10 shooting. He also had four assists.

Daniel Abreu and Byron Alexander had 10 points apiece.

The Bearcats are back home Thursday for a battle with Rogers State at 7:30pm. Pregame on KXCV 90.5 and KRNW 88.9 begins at 7pm.