March 7, 2014-The seventh seeded Emporia State men could not overcome a one for 18 effort from the three point line and a 25-14 scoring difference from the free throw line in a 70-57 loss to second seed Northwest Missouri in the MIAA Tournament Quarterfinals. With the loss the Hornets end the season 18-13, their most wins since 2009.
Emporia State jumped out to an 8-0 lead and maintained the lead for the first 18 minutes. Northwest Missouri used an 8-0 run to take a 25-22 lead with 1:39 left in the half. An old fashioned three-point play from Kaleb Wright tied the score at 25 with 1:27 left. The Bearcats scored the final four points of the half to take a 29-25 lead into the lockerrooms.
Northwest slowly built the lead to 12 points with 6:05 left when Terrence Moore went on a personal 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 58-52 with 4:48 left. He scored the final five points in a 15 second span thanks to a pair of steals and layup. MIAA regular season MVP DeShaun Cooper and Dillon Starzl combined to score ten of the final 12 points for the Bearcats including a six of nine effort from the free throw to seal the win.
Moore led all scorers with 26 points and finished the tournament with 46 points in two games. He also had five steals on the night. Kaleb Wright was the only other Hornet in double figures finishing with 19 points. Paul Bunch had a game high ten rebounds and four blocked shots.
As a team the Hornets were 21 of 64 from the field but just one of 18 from behind the three point line. They went 14 of 19 from the free throw line. Emporia State outrebounded Northwest Missouri 38-35, outscored the Bearcats 34-28 in the paint, 16-12 off of turnovers and 8-7 on second chance points. The Bearcats were 20 of 42 from the field, five of 14 from the three point arc and went 25 of 38 from the free throw line.
Emporia State ends the season at 18-13, their most wins since 2009.
Terrence Moore’s 33.0 scoring average is an MIAA Tournament record, besting Tyrone Latimer’s 32.5 average in two games in 1995.
Bunch’s nine blocked shots are the third most in a single tournament in MIAA history and his 14 career blocks are tied for third in career tournament blocks.
Wright ended the season with 605 points to rank 11th on the Emporia State single season list. He finishes his career with 986 points in two years for an average of 17.0 points per game.