Courtesy Missouri Western State University
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. ? The Missouri Western men?s basketball squad fell in a home MIAA battle against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 98-93. Western had six different players score in double figures as they fall to 5-6 overall and 3-3 in MIAA action.
Hot shooting at the end of the first half helped the Griffons erase a 10 point deficit and take a two point lead at 43-41 into the break. The score was tied nine times with seven lead changes in the opening half. The two teams played the first 9:53 of the opening frame to a 13 all tie after a Lavonte Douglas lay-up.
Western took a 25-23 lead with 6:52 to play after a P?Allen Stinnett dunk. The next three minutes belonged to UNO as they went on a 15-3 run taking a 10 point lead after an Aaron Terry lay-up with 3:48 to play. Four three pointers down the stretch with two by Stinnett gave the Griffons the half time lead.
Western made 16-of-30 field goals and connected on 7-of-14 long range shots. Western had 11 assists with four coming from Stinnett. Stinnett led the charge with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting. The Mavericks made 14-of-27 field goals with Mitch Albers dumping 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
The Griffons were able to extended its lead to five three different times in the opening five minutes of the second half but could not extend their lead any further. The Mavericks tied the score at 58 off a Jeff Martin long range shot with 14:22 to play.
UNO extended their lead to seven after Martin?s second three pointer of the half with 10:10 to play. Western came storming back taking the lead at 73-72 after to TJ Johnson free throws with 7:59 to play. The rest of the half belonged to the Mavericks as they outscored the Griffons 36-12 in the paint the second frame improving to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in MIAA action.
The Griffons shot 48.3-percent (29-60) from the field and made 13 long range bombs. Adrian Thomas and Stinnett led the charge with 18 points apiece while Jonathan Phelps and Deionta Mitchell scored 15 and 13 points respectively. Johnson and Douglas pitched in 13 and 10 while Jeffery West and Stinnett led Western with seven rebounds apiece.
The Mavericks shot 58.1-percent (36-62) from the field with Albers dumping in a game high 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Tyler Bullock scored 19 points while Torrian Harris, John Karhoff and Jeff Martin pitched in 14, 14 and 10 respectively. Harris led the charge on the boards with eight for UNO.
The Griffons hit the road on Wednesday, January 5 to take on the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats in Maryville, Mo. Game time is set for 7:30 pm from Bearcat Arena.
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