By: Da’Von Boyd-Jackson
The Griffons took a tough loss against the University of Central Missouri Mules losing 56-59 in a nail-biting finish.
In the first half the Mules started off the game on a 11-2 run forcing the Griffons to take an early timeout to regroup and come back out ready to get back in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Griffons themselves went on a 11-2 run to tie the game up to 13 a piece.
Trailing at the half 31-26, the Griffons freshman point guard Tyrell Carroll lead the team with 11 points. In a back-and-forth second half and being down by nine, senior Lavon Hightower hit a three to tie the game with the Mules 49-49 with 3:40 left to play. The Mules came back with a 3 of their own and even hit a couple of free throws to put them up by two with under two minutes remaining.
With 10 seconds left, the Mules big man, Jakob Lowrance, hit a lay up to put them up by two. Senior Bryan Hudson drove down the court to to get those two points back and tie up the game until senior Mules guard Jafar Kinsey hit a 25-foot buzzer-beater three to win the game 59-56.
Even with the loss, Bryan Hudson led the game with 17 points, and right behind him was Tyrell Carroll with 15 points and Lavon Hightower with 11 points.
“I think we played well honestly. We didn’t shoot the three well, but we rebounded well and defended well,” Carroll said. “It’s tough especially for the seniors. Last game, and we really haven’t been playing well at home we played really good tonight.”
Senior Bryan Hudson was sad to have senior night end the way it did.
“There isn’t a response to that. It comes down to all the plays you could’ve made up for in the first half, and even in the second half we had some turnovers,” Hudson said. “To have it end like that it definitely hurts, but we got them back next week. It’s going to be big time revenge especially on their senior night.”
Coach Sundance Wicks echoed the sentiments of senior Hudson.
“I don’t feel sorry for myself. I feel sorry for those seniors. You do so much, and the stories written on the wins and losses columns will never be how much those guys do,” Wicks said. “Certain memories stay with you for a long time, and these guys will always remember losing their senior night on a buzzer-beater three, and someone’s got to win and someone’s got to lose, and that hurts because they deserve so much better than that.”
The Griffons face the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats just a short week after their buzzer-beater loss to UCM. The Griffons look to go to their house and get revenge.