March 4, 2014-Emporia State’s Terrence Moore and Kaleb Wright combined for an MIAA record 69 points in a 96-85 win over Southwest Baptist in the first round of the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City. Moore had 40 points while Wright had 29 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and six steals for the Hornets.
Emporia State opened a 21-9 lead and never allowed Southwest Baptist closer than eight points the rest of the night. The Hornets shot a blistering 64.5% from the field in the first half as they took a 47-33 lead into the break.
The Hornets cooled to just 60% in the second half as they shot 38 of 61 from the field for the game.
Moore had a career high 40 points with four assists and three steals. Wright just missed a triple double with 29 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and six steals. Paul Bunch had five blocked shots and six rebounds.
Emporia State will play second seeded Northwest Missouri on Friday in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. in historic Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.
Moore and Wright’s 69 points broke the MIAA Tournament record for points by two teammates combined set by Washburn’s Dan Buie and Juwan Robinson. They had 67 points against then Mo.-Rolla on Feb. 27, 1996.
Moore’s 40 points are the third most scored in an MIAA Tournament game.
Wright’s 12 assists are tied for the third most in an MIAA Tournament game.
Wright’s six steals are tied for the second most in an MIAA Tournament game.
Bunch’s five blocks are tied for the fourth most in an MIAA Tournament game.