The Emporia State men lived to play another day on Wednesday, overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit against Northeastern State in the first round of the MIAA Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

ESU shot just 32 percent in the first half and were down 16 one minute into the second half, but spent the next 10 minutes rallying, tying the game at 49 with 11:32 left. From there, the RiverHawks pulled back in front until an 8-0 Hornet run, including a pair of 3-pointers from senior Sawyer Glick, flipped the scoreboard for the last time. NSU kept it close down to the final seconds, but ESU held the lead the rest of the way.

In spite of playing just two minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Hassan Thomas scored six points with 10 rebounds and blocked a shot from NSU with 14 seconds left that gave the Hornets the ball back. 

Glick scored 15 points, all in the second half, while Julius Jackson scored 20 points and had seven rebounds.

It was the first win in Kansas City for the ESU men since 2011.

The Hornets will now play top-seeded Northwest Missouri State at noon on Thursday. 

A full game recap will be available later tonight.

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