The Missouri Western men’s basketball team had it’s sixth straight loss February 9, as they fell to rival No.3 Northwest Missouri State. This puts the Griffons record at 8-7 on the season.

Tuesday couldn't have gotten off to a worse start for Missouri Western. Just before the game, news broke that head coach Will Martin had tested positive for COVID-19. Due to protocol this put assistant coach Tim Peete under COVID-19 restrictions as well. This put assistant Ty Danielson in charge of head coaching duties for Tuesday night's game.

“It’s been a crazy twenty-four hours,” Danielson said.

Alongside Danielson was graduate assistant Weston Smith, head women's coach Candi Whitaker and her GA Tori Schickel. 

The Griffons were off to a slow start scoring just 16 first-half points compared to 34 for Northwest. Missouri Western went 6-28 in the first half from the field as well as 1-11 from 3-point land. 

The momentum was there early in the second half for Missouri Western, going on a 13-4 run which would bring them within nine of Northwest. This wouldn't be enough for the Griffons though, Northwest kept rolling going 11-16 on their first second half shots. 

Northwest would lead by as many as 27 points throughout the game, as they won on the road in MWSU Fieldhouse.

Both Caleb Bennett and Q Mays led Missouri Western in scoring with ten points each. Tyrell Carroll chipped in nine points as well. Danielson said no matter how the events of the night conspired, he did his best to step and lead the men’s team. 

“Just trying to put these guys in a position to win a basketball game,” Danielson said after the game.  “I've been on some losing teams where guys start jumping off the ship, Nobody's jumping off this ship, we’re gonna go through this together.” Danielson said.

Missouri western continues their home stand against Missouri Southern on 2/11 at 7:30pm inside Looney.

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