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Griffons catch fire in upset victory on the road

  Western men’s basketball put on its best shooting display of the season in a 79-74 upset win over No. 17-ranked Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The Griffons shot a season-high in 3-point and field goal percentage, hitting 50 percent from deep and 57.8 percent overall. Six players registered double-figure scoring for the first time this season. “It’s unbelievable for... Read More

Griffons fail to capitalize on hot start

Western men (8-12, 4-8) started hot, but it didn’t last as Northeastern State University (15-5, 8-4) got warmed up and handed the Griffons their second consecutive loss at the MWSU Fieldhouse 73-61. Alex Tuluka-Pfumupembe got things going early with back-to-back 3-pointers which gave the Griffons a 6-0 lead.  Reed Mells added a 3 and a Cedric Clinkscales layup put the... Read More

Griffons lose nail-biter 59-57

Missouri Western men’s basketball was defeated 59-57 in the final moments of an offensive struggle against MIAA opponent Emporia State University at the MWSU field house. The Griffons fell to 5-3 on the season and 0-2 in conference play. “You need to protect your home court,” coach Tom Smith said. “I think that’s the thing that hurts us the most... Read More

Smith wins 600th game

Coach Tom Smith earned his 600th career win after Missouri Western went on a second half run to defeat Fontbonne University 69-55 at the MWSU Fieldhouse. Smith is one of only 61 coaches in the history of college basketball to record 600 wins. There are only 20 other active coaches who have recorded as many wins. “It means more than any... Read More

Griffons exhibits skill in exhibition win

Thursday at the MWSU Field House, Missouri Western men’s basketball gave fans a glimpse of what they will see on the court this season, as they defeated Livin’ the Dream 102-63. “I thought our defense was pretty decent,” coach Tom Smith said. “I thought they played together, our passing at times was very sharp; for the most part I was... Read More