Basketball canâ€™t find wins on the road
The menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball team couldnâ€™t find the right formula to win on their recent road trips as they both went 0-2.
The men fell in their first game 67-54 against Pittsburg State. The Griffons were as close as 41-40 with 12:42 left in the contest, but the Griffons couldnâ€™t overtake the Gorillas.
The Griffons struggled offensively posting a season low 54 points. Head coach, Tom Smith believes the Griffons missed some opportunities.
â€œWe had our chances and made some decent runs at them,â€ Smith said. â€œThen we came up empty on about three or four possessions.â€
The only Griffon in double figures was sophomore Reggie Bunch. He had 18 points in the contest. Smith believes Bunchâ€™s athleticism is key for the Griffons.
â€œReggie brings energy offensively,â€ Smith said. â€œHis athletic ability helps the team.â€
The women didnâ€™t fair much better against the Gorillas as they lost their game 73-65. The Griffons jumped out to a early 20-9 lead, but the couldnâ€™t keep the momentum rolling for the whole game. The Griffons were led in scoring by senior Chemia Woods who had a career high, 21 points in the game. Jill Johnson and Yanique Javois were also in double figures as they each added 12 points.
The men struggled again offensively as they lost 65-52 against Fort Hays State, setting a new season low for points. The Griffons were led in scoring in the game by senior Jay McFarland as he had 15 points in the game. No other Griffons were in double figures, but Kyle Kirschner had a season high nine points.
The women came close to ending their losing streak, but couldnâ€™t quite get it done as they fell to Fort Hays State by the score of 81-79. The game featured 11 ties and 16 lead changes. A put back by Meshia Mason with one second left broke the tie and ultimately won the game for the Tigers. The Griffons losing streak has now reached 11 games. The Griffons were led in scoring by Johnson as she had 24 points. TheÂ other two Griffons in double figures were Javois and Rachel Luteyn who each had 14 points.
Both teams are now in danger of missing the conference tournament. The womenâ€™s team currently stands at 9-13 (4-10) and is currently in a three way tie for the last conferÂence tournament spot. The menâ€™s team currently stands at 9-14 (3-11) and are currently three games out of a conference tournament spot. Coach Smith knows time is ticking on the Griffons to make their move.
â€œWe have to do something quickly or we will not make the MIAA tournament for the second year in a row,â€ Smith said. â€œThat is something that we are not accustom to.â€
The Griffons will be back in action with a home game against Truman State on Wednesday and a road game against Central Missouri on Saturday. The Griffons will look to get back to winning ways.Â Â