From Harding University
Harding improved to 7-2 with the victory and defeated a top-10 team for the fourth time in the Bisons' NCAA era. Harding's last victory over a top-10 team was a 65-63 victory over second-ranked Alabama-Huntsville early last season.
Northwest Missouri State dropped to 8-2 overall and lost both of its games at the O'ahu Classic. The Bearcats fell 59-50 to St. Edward's on Saturday. Harding and St. Edward's meet in Hawaii on Monday.
The Bisons led the game throughout but had to withstand a frantic final possession from Northwest Missouri to hang on to the victory.
Northwest Missouri cut the Harding lead to two points on two other occasions in the second half, but both times Harding answered with 3-pointers, one from Kavas and another from Johnson.
Harding's reserves scored 46 points, the third time this season the Bisons' bench eclipsed 40 points in a game.