Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball wins third national championship in five years

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball caps off another season as Division II national champions.

The no. 2 Bearcasts dominated no. 1 West Texas A&M 80-54 on Saturday, clinching their third title in the last five years.

Northwest forward, Ryan Hawkins led all players with 31 points and 18 rebounds. Three other Bearcats finished with double-digit points, Wes Dreamer, Trevor Hudgins and Luke Waters, while shooting 50 percent from the field.

Northwest Missouri won its last three games by 78 points. According to Bearcat Radio, the athletic department’s official station, the Bearcats dominating run in the Elite 8, breaks the previous record set by Jefferson in 1970.

Northwest finishes the season 28-2.

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