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
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
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