GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Missouri Western men's basketball team finished regulation on a 14-1 run to force overtime at Colorado Mesa (3-2), but without four starters for much of the overtime period, the Griffons (3-4) fell 94-92 on Friday night.
Down by 13 with 3:37 to play in regulation, MWSU finished the final 3:09 going 4 for 6 from the field and 5 for 5 at the line while holding Colorado Mesa without a field goal down that stretch. Alexander John sunk a layup with 28 seconds left that tied the game at 84 and helped the Griffons overcome a Maverick lead that reached as many as 19 points in the second half. The Griffons outscored the home team 42-25 over the final 13:12 in regulation, but saw some of their stars exit the game with fouls.
Will Eames fouled out with 3:37 left in regulation after scoring 14 points. Jonathan Mesmacque fouled out with 5:24 to go. Tyrell Carroll picked up his fifth foul one minute into overtime after scoring 17 with a career-high 10 assists. John picked up his fifth with 1:14 left in overtime and the Griffons down by four.
As the only starter left, Tyus Milhollin led the Griffons with a career-high 23 points. He got MWSU within a point on his fifth 3-pointer of the game with two seconds remaining in overtime. Down by two after a made free throw with one second left, the Griffons couldn't get a game-winning shot off before the buzzer.
- The lead changed 10 times with seven ties.
- Colorado Mesa took a five-point lead to halftime, but led by 20 with 11:31 to go.
- MWSU outscored the Mavericks 44-26 in the paint.
- CMU won the battle on the glass, pulling down 50 rebounds to MWSU's 38.
- Missouri Western was whistled for 31 personal fouls to CMU's 18, but the Mavericks made just six more free throws (26) than the Griffons on 16 more attempts.
- CMU was 8 of 21 from 3-point range while the Griffons were 14 of 42.
- 20 of Millhollin's 23 points came in the second half.
- Reese Glover scored a career-high 22 points on 8 of 17 shooting (6-14 from 3-point range).
- Sam Siganos pulled down a career-high six rebounds to tie with Millhollin, who also notched a career-high rebound total, for the team lead.
Missouri Western continues play in Grand Junction on Saturday with a 3 p.m. tip-off against Western Colorado (2-3). The Mountaineers lost 73-71 to Montana Western on Friday.