Road wins needed for playoff hopes

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The Griffon’s will take to the road this week, making a long trip to the red dirt of Oklahoma.

Western will try to keep their winning ways going on Thursday. The team will travel to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to take on the 6-14 Northeastern State University. The team has managed to climb out of the MIAA cellar, with two straight wins.

Missouri Western will have to do something that they have failed to do all season, win on the road. Coach Brett Weiberg believes the key is keeping the team focused.

“We just have to talk about keep doing what we do,” Weiberg said.

The Griffons took down the Northeastern State in their first matchup on Jan. 2 and were led by Trey Sampson. Sampson finished that game with 23 points, with an assist and going 10-10 from the free throw line. Miles Wentzien also had a strong game for the Griffons with a season high 16 points. Sampson was a key player in the team’s win on Saturday and hopes to build on that this week.

“We expect to go down there and take care of business,” Sampson said.

The Griffons will have to slow down guard Trey Mohair, who is leading the team with 13.3 points per game for the RiverHawks.

The Griffons will travel to Edmond, Oklahoma on Saturday to take on the 12-10 University of Central Oklahoma. Central Oklahoma will be coming off of a win against Northeastern State.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 and the Griffons will be hoping for the same kind of success they had against the Bronchos on Jan. 4th.

The Griffons took down the Central Oklahoma 77-60 and won with a solid, team effort. Aaron Emmanuel scored 14 points, along with 13 from Currie Byrd, 13 from Miles Wentzien, and 12 from Wes Miter.

The team knows that now is the time for them to find their mojo. With only five games left in the regular season, the Griffons must be at their best with the conference tournament right around the corner.

Forward Mataika Koyamainavure knows the next week will say a lot about the team’s 2015-2016 season.

“Our goal is to go undefeated, said Koyamainavure. “That would be really good for our morale.”

Winning both road games are crucial if Western wants to hold onto any playoff hopes.