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Western's Season Ends at UCO

The Griffons lost to the Bronchos in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.
(EDMOND, Okla.) Missouri Western trailed Central Oklahoma by just three points at halftime, but the Griffons were outscored by 14 points in the final 20 minutes on the way to a 74-57 loss to end their season.

Western -- the 12 seed in the MIAA Tournament -- tied UCO 36-36 on a Ryan Devers three-pointer just 35 seconds into the second half, and Kalvin Balque hit a three nearly midway through the final period to bring the Griffs (10-18) back within six points of the Bronchos. But from there, Central Oklahoma went on a 21-3 run to pull away.

Balque and Devers led Western with 13 points apiece, and Charlie Marquardt added 11 points and seven rebounds.

UCO's Josh Gibbs did the most damage to the Griffons scoring 32 points on 9-20 shooting, and pulling down 15 rebounds. Central also outscored Western 36-20 in the paint.

The Bronchos advance to the MIAA Tournament quarterfinals against Fort Hays State on Friday.
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