Hornets move on in MIAA Tournament
In the first game of the MIAA Tournament, Terrence Moore, sophomore guard, and Kaleb Wright, senior guard, broke an MIAA record by putting up a combined 69 points in the 96-85 win over Southwest Baptist.
“Every time I think I am on a fastbreak by myself, and I look up to see this guy (Moore),” Wright, a health promotion major, said. “I think I had 12 assists and at least half of them were to him.”
Wright started off the scoring for the Hornets, putting up their first 4 points and leading them on a 21-9 run. Emporia State led at the break, 47-33, with Moore contributing 19 and Wright contributing 11. Gavin Brown, senior forward, also had 7 points in the first half but went scoreless in the second.
“We are a scary team when we get locked in… When our senior leadership gets locked in, it really gets us young guys locked in and anything is possible,” Moore, a physical education major, said.
The Bearcats came out in the second half with a dunk but Wright quickly answered with a three-ball the next trip down the court. Wright and Moore continued to be a part of every play, leading the Hornets to a 64-51 lead over SBU with just under 13 minutes left in the game.
Fouls quickly became a problem for the Hornets, putting the Bearcats in the bonus with over eight minutes left. Bunch fouled out around the five-minute mark, continuing to bring the Bearcats to the line but the Hornets managed to maintain around a 10-point lead for the remainder of the game.
Moore had a career high of 40 points, while Wright added 29 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and six steals. The two shared the record and player of the game.
“We always want to protect home court, even though it is tournament play,” Wright said. “We wanted to come out and play hard, and we know this team and that they weren’t going to come out and just lay down… We just wanted to make it to Kansas City and take care of our business there.”
The win over SBU earned the Hornets a trip to Kansas City tomorrow, where they will take on Northwest Missouri in the second round of the MIAA Tournament
“They played, they competed and they battled to earn the right to go, and right now, it is that time,” said Shaun Vandiver, head coach. “Win or go home.”