Men’s basketball can’t win back-to-back

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Missouri Western was unable to overcome a sluggish start offensively as they fell to Lincoln University.
Western came within one point early in the second half, but were unable to take the lead as Lincoln went on a 15-2 run to pull away, and secure the victory with a score of 81-72.
Head coach Brett Weiberg said that the slow start offensively didn’t help the teams chances of winning.
“There’s a feeling that the first seven minute or so, our offense was not very good,” Weiberg said. “I really think, as much as anything, that kinda put us in a spot where we were playing catch up essentially the entire game.”
Senior TJ Evans, who finished with 17 points, felt that the team played with great effort.
“I think that we played hard,” Evans said. “Of course there’s always room to improve. I think we shot the ball well in the second half, and that we defended pretty well.”
Junior Lavon Hightower, who had a season high 24 points, said that he was just trying to help the team win, and they have to keep working.
“I’m just trying to win,” Hightower said. “I feel like we all have to keep playing and working.”
Evans feels like an area the team could improve on is getting multiple defensive stops in a row.
“I think we need to definitely improve on finishing the possession,” Evans said. “We do a system where three stops is called a turkey. Coach is pretty adamant about that, and we have to finish, and we have to put those turkeys together. Ultimately that’s what is going to win games.”
Weiberg believes that the team needs to execute on the defensive end in order to get those multiple stops.
“I think that right now the biggest thing is being able to execute a defensive stop when we need it, and being able to score at maybe a little higher clip than we needed,” Weiberg said.
Weiberg felt well about how the team prepared after their win Thursday night, but Lincoln just made more plays than Western.
“I felt like we were pleased with the win,” Weiberg said. “I felt like the last 40 hours we prepared the right way. I feel like our scouting report was pretty right on. I do feel like, again, I think Lincoln made some plays and you can’t take anything away from them.”
On Thursday, Feb. 1, Western defeated Lindenwood 63-51 to end a nine-game losing streak. The team will travel to Topeka, Kansas, on Feb. 7 to take on Washburn University at 7:30 p.m. After that, Western heads to Emporia, Kansas, on Feb. 10 to take on Emporia State.