The Missouri Western (9-12, 3-9 MIAA) basketball team finally put to end their losing streak with a 68-64 victory over the Emporia State Hornets (11-10, 6-6).
Before this victory the Griffons last win was a 61-53 over Central Missouri on January 16. The Griffons played as a teamÂ and this helped them win the game.
In the game, the Griffons were balanced in scoring. Jay McFarland had 15 points and six rebounds, Lonnel Johnson scored 16 points and Gus Moss added 13 points off the bench. They also shot well from the free throw line in the game as they went 23-29.
With this victory, the Griffons moved into a ninth place tie with Truman State in the conference. The Griffons still have to play catch up to make the conference tournament. They trail Washburn and Pittsburg State by two games a piece.
On Wednesday, the Griffons put up a good fight against No. 15 Southwest Baptist, as they lost 84-72. Southwest Baptist swept the season series from the Griffons for the second season in a row. The team struggled defensively by giving up 84 points.
The Griffons were led in scoring in the ball game by Reggie Bunch who put in 23 points, while Johnson contributed 14.
The Griffons took a lead into the half, but turnovers in the second half that led to easy lay-ups cost the Griffons the game. They played a close competitive game with the best team in the MIAA, which is a moral victory.
Ending the losing streak was big for the Griffons. They can now concentrate on trying to make the conference tournament. They will lead to play full games instead of one strong half and one weak half.
Against the Hornets, the Griffons played strong even falling behind 15-0 to start the game. The Griffons stuck to their game plan and took a 28-28 tie into the half against the Hornets.
The Griffons haven’t been playing close in their losses, losing by an average of 14.8 points per contest. That’s why finally winning and keeping it close against the highly ranked Bearcats was big for the Griffons.
The Griffons will head back on the road next week as they will travel to face the Pittsburg State Gorillas, who is a spot in front of the Griffons in the conference standings. They will also travel to face the Fort Hays State Tigers, who is currently sitting at fourth in the conference.Â Â Â Â