TAHLEQUAH — Bryton Hobbs set career-high marks in points and rebounds and Northeastern State beat Southwest Baptist 97-91 at the NSU Event Center on Thursday night.
Hobbs had 40 points on 10-of-18 from the field and 16-of-21 from the free-throw line. He also dished out nine assists and pulled down five rebounds. His was the first 40-point effort by an NSU player since Darnell Hinson of Muskogee High had 46 in 2004.
Dalen Qualls added 23 points and Amir Gilliam had a career-high 11 assists. NSU is 10-2, 5-0 in the MIAA and the Bearcats fell to 8-6 and 1-4, getting a team-high 25 points from Jaywuan Hill
NSU stays at home for a 3:30 p.m. tip Jan. 11 with Missouri Southern State.
NSU 60, SW Bapt. 47
The RiverHawks (6-6, 3-2 MIAA) held the Bearcats (6-6, 1-4 MIAA) to 22 percent shooting (15-of-67), their lowest shooting percentage since Jan. 22, 2011.
NSU shot 38 percent (18-of-48) from the field, 27 percent (4-of-15) from downtown and 80 percent (20-of-25) at the line. Southwest Baptist was 19 percent (5-of-26) from beyond the arc and 86 percent (12-of-14) from the line.
The RiverHawks led 25-21 at halftime and stretched it to 34-24 eight minutes into the second half. SBU got to within six at 51-45 with 2:17 to play, but NSU used a 9-2 run to close the game and earn the winning 13-point margin.
NSU was led by freshman forward Che’Ron Lewis, who finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Carrington Fox registered her first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Jacqui Zelenka and Leann Lansdown both paced the visitors with 13 points each.
The RiverHawks will remain at home to face Missouri Southern State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.