The Griffons are looking to sweep the Northwest Bearcats in the next rivalry game. Last time the teams met, the Griffons got the best of the Bearcats, defeating them 58-37.
The Griffons had an excellent first half putting up 42 points and holding the Bearcats to only 14. Since these two teams have met, the Griffons have won 1 of their last 2 games, with their previous win against Lindenwood.
Sarafina Handy had a career night ending with 22 points and having 19 in the first half.
The Bearcats have also won 1 of their last 2 games with their last win coming against Lincoln University. The Bearcats have an overall record of 8-16 and they are 4-11 in conference play.
The Griffons have an overall record of 11-10 and are 6-9 in conference play. The Griffons were on a 3 game win streak but had it broken when they lost against Missouri Southern. Senior forward Friday Chuol felt that they came out with a lot of energy in the rivalry game.
“We knew we had to be on our A-game because we are rivals and playing them on our home floor, we knew we had to protect our floor,” Chuol said. “Everyone on the team came out with great energy and we all fed off of each other leading us to the victory in the end. We have to come out with the same intensity we had at home at their place. ”
The Griffons have been on a roll lately winning a lot more close games. The Griffons are looking to clinch their spot in the MIAA playoffs. They are No. 8 in the conference and there have already been 7 teams that have clinched their spot.
Head coach Rob Edmisson realizes the importance of these last games.
“These next four games are going to determine what happens for whether we get to play at home or not,” Edmisson said. “Got a lot of work to do these next two games… we’ll be ready to play.”
The Bearcats are also looking to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They are No. 12 in the conference and are looking for any way to create separation from the two teams below them.