Nov 30, 2019 6:21 AM

Griffons rally to force OT, but fall at Colorado Mesa 94-92

Posted Nov 30, 2019 6:21 AM

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.  

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Cunigan's layup with 0.6 seconds left lifts MWSU women past McKendree

ST. JOSEPH - Tamia Cunigan scored all four of her points in the final 47 seconds and her final two points lifted the Missouri Western Women's Basketball team (4-1) to a 52-50 win over McKendree (4-1), Friday night in the Fairfield Inn Classic. It was Missouri Western's fourth straight win and the first loss of the year for McKendree.

Cunigan's game-winning layup rolled home with six-tenths of a second remaining after McKendree knocked down a 3-pointer with 10 seconds to go that tied the game at 50. The layup wasn't Cunigan's only important contribution late in the game. She also blocked a McKendree 3-point attempt with 47 seconds remaining and sunk a couple free throws to give MWSU a 50-47 lead. Cunigan's layup came off a Chris Wilson steal, one of 19 for the Griffons in the game.


  • Corbyn Cunningham made a layup with 1:10 remaining that put MWSU up 48-47.
  • Cunigan scored the rest of MWSU's points with a free throw with 47 seconds to go and another with 16 seconds to go then the game-winner under one second.
  • The game was tied seven different times with eight lead changes. MWSU led for just over 18 minutes.
  • The two teams combined for 77 missed shots, 48 turnovers and 45 personal fouls.
  • MWSU overcame 3 of 14 (21.4%) shooting in the first quarter and 20% shooting in the third.
  • In the first quarter, the teams were a combined 5 of 21 from the field and in the third they were 6 of 29 from the field.
  • MWSU got 22 of its points off the bench with Kyra Hogan scoring a team-high 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting.
  • The Griffons outscored McKendree 30-16 in the paint.
  • Chris Wilson continued her impressive rebounding pace, leading the team with 13 and scoring seven points.


Missouri Western closes out the Fairfield Inn Classic at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, against Florida Southern. The Mocs fell to 4-3 on the season with a 52-37 loss to Northwest Missouri, Friday in St. Joseph.

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