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NSU’s win streak snapped at six

2/4/19

For Immediate Release
February 
2, 

2019  

Don Vieth – Northeastern State 

Director of Athletics Communication

Cell: 608-381-1403

TAHLEQUAH – All good things come to an end and they did on Saturday afternoon with Northeastern State seeing a six game winning streak come to a halt at the hands of Southwest Baptist, 69-65, inside the NSU Event Center.
 
The streak for NSU was its longest in five seasons.
 
"We weren't ready to play and that's my fault," said head coach Mark Downey.  "Guys got comfortable, we won six in a row, I didn't like to talk about that, and I was afraid of something like this happening. You don't start playing until there is seven minutes left in the game. It's just one of those days."
 
"We got out-toughed in every sense of the word and we will take care of that."
 
Northeastern State had four in double-figures with Tanner Mouse having a game high 17 points.  Caleb Smith added 13, Trent Cantrell scored 12, and Bradley George had 11 points. 
 
Cantrell had the hot hand early and dropped all four of his treys inside the first 17 minutes of the game to help keep NSU ahead of the Bearcats.   Cold shooting followed for the RiverHawks and Southwest Baptist went on an 11-1 run that spanned the half and never trailed again.
 
Behind by ten with 7:46 left, the RiverHawks fought their way back into the game and scored seven unanswered on the Bearcats to trail 61-59.    Northeastern State continued to stay within two possessions of SBU and got two points away (64-62) with 1:50 left following a Mouse layup. 
 
NSU would have the ball with the chance to retake the lead with 53 seconds left but a three-point attempt would miss and in the following possession, the Bearcats hit a dagger three-pointer for the eventual win.
 
Saturday's loss will drop the RiverHawks to 12-9 (6-6) while the Bearcats will go to 11-9 (5-6).
 
TIP-INS
Third straight win for the Bearcats in Tahlequah … Josh Ihek matched his career high with three blocks off the bench … NSU out-rebounded the Bearcats by two with 36 as a team and has not been out-rebounded in the last ten games … last three losses for NSU has come inside of four points.
 
COMING UP 
Northeastern State will be off during the week and will face rivals Central Oklahoma on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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