Men prepare for game against Northwest, hope for venegance

By Kyle Inman

February 9, 2012

The Griffon men will travel to Maryville on Saturday to avenge an 11-point-loss against the Bearcats on Jan. 4 and increase their chances at making the MIAA tournament. Northwest sits at 17-3 overall and 11-3 in MIAA conference play while Western has dropped 13 of its last 15 games and has a record of 7-14 overall and 2-13 in conference play. Western will have to stop the pair of Northwest guards that hurt them the first time around. DeShaun Cooper scored 21 points and dished out five assists, while Kyle Haake went for 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Although both guards for the Bearcats went off for 20 points, Northwest still only managed to score 64. Western lost the game because they couldn't produce enough offense, even though their defense was solid. For the Griffons, James Harris scores 13 points per game, while Lavonte Douglas scores 12.4, and T.J. Johnson adds 12. All three players were held in single-digit scoring during the first contest. Coach Tom Smith will need more from his big three on Saturday. Harris is coming off of a career-high 28 points at Southern Missouri. The Griffons are fighting for a spot in the MIAA tournament. Only the top eight teams out of 11 in the conference get a spot in the tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Lincoln is 3-11, Truman is 4-11, and Emporia State is 4-10. The last team in will be decided on the court as Western still has Lincoln and Truman on the schedule.