The #4 SBU Bearcats clinched a share of their third MIAA regular season title in the last four years with a dominating 81-58 win over the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. The SBU Bearcats jumped out to a 20-2 lead, behind four early treys, and never trailed in the contest.
D’Ante Harris led SBU with 21 points, one of four SBU Bearcats in double figures. Harris connected on 5 treys and was 8-of-14 from the field and led the team with five assists. Tomas Brock had 13 points and Wendell Mardis added 11. Matt Rogers had another double-double with 12 points and 11 boards, along with 7 blocks. SBU was 15-for-37 (41%) from long range and out-rebounded Northwest 37-28.
SBU (23-3, 16-3 MIAA) led by as much as 19 in the first half and was up 45-30 at the break. They extended the margin to as much as 28 points on two occasions in the second half. Northwest drops to 12-14 and 7-12 in the MIAA.
SBU hosts Missouri Western at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, looking to clinch the MIAA title outright and aiming to extend their Division II best 29-game home court winning streak.