Griffons fall to Washburn Ichabods

Men's Basketball

Everyone that showed up for the women’s’ game was gone by halftime as the Missouri Western men played lackluster basketball against the worst team in the MIAA, losing 77-62.

Washburn raised their record to 7-12 on the season and 3-7 in the MIAA. The worst team in the conference now has a better record in the MIAA than the Western men, who can’t seem to stop anyone from scoring a basket.


They have the second worst defense in the MIAA. They give up 74.1 points a game and allow opponents to shoot a staggering 46 percent from the field, which is good enough for worst in the MIAA. Western’s rotations are slow, which that leaves people open for three and results in them also having the worst three-point defense in the league.

To put this simply, the Western men are at the bottom of almost every category the MIAA posts on its Web site.

One student said he would have left earlier, but because of an award ceremony at halftime, had to stay until then.

Washburn, the worst scoring team in the MIAA, shot 48 percent from the field and scored 12 more points than their season average.

This isn’t the first time that Washburn beat Western. On Dec. 9 the Griffons went to Washburn and lost there, too, 77-76.

The bright spots for Western were guards J.R. Reed who had 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting and Joe Manthe was 5-of-11 from the field and had 14 points. Kenny Oliver added seven more assists to his conference-leading total.

The Griffons still have a lot of season left to go and they were playing great basketball earlier in the season. They need to get on a role and finish the season strong if they want fans to stay at the games

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