(ST. JOSEPH) Brett Weibierg's first game in the MIAA went beyond regulation, but his team made sure he could call it a victory.
Hans Thun's layup with 23 seconds left in regulation sent Missouri Western and No. 15 Fort Hays to overtime, while late free throws by Ryan Devers salted away an 82-79 win at the MWSU Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The Griffons (6-3, 1-0) led for much of the first half, including the final ten minutes, jumping ahead by seven at one point.
The Tigers came alive in the second half, using a 15-point swing to grab an eight-point lead with 6:31 to go. Devers dropped in three straight buckets with under three minutes left to cut it to one possession, setting up Thun's game-tying shot.
Devers posted a team-high 19 points and seven assists while grabbing six rebounds. Adarius Fulton added 15 points with a 5-of-12 effort from three-point range.
Depleted Griffon Women Fall to Fort Hays
(ST. JOSEPH) After a week that depleted their guard depth, Missouri Western could never find their offensive rhythm on Saturday, falling 67-53 to Fort Hays at the MWSU Fieldhouse.
The Griffons (4-3, 0-1) lost starter Ariana Novak to a potential season-ending knee injury in practice earlier this week. Senior guard Denise White also left the team this week due to personal reasons.
Sharniece Lewis and Lanicia Lawrence stepped back into the starting roles, combining for 11 points. Lewis shot just 3-of-16 while going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. The team knocked down just two of 16 three point attempts.
Trailing 38-21 at halftime, MWSU held Fort Hays (6-1, 1-1) to just two points in the first seven minutes of the second half, but couldn't close the gap.
Quinesha Locket led the Griffons with nine points, while Tiara Hal and Jallisa Lewis pulled down six rebounds apiece.
The Tigers' Kate Lehman led all scorers with 24 points.