Feb 06, 2020 4:46 AM

Griffons defeat Lincoln 81-71 for fifth straight victory

Posted Feb 06, 2020 4:46 AM

ST. JOSEPH – For the first time in 17 years, the Missouri Western men's basketball team (12-11, 8-4) has won five consecutive MIAA games with an 81-71 victory over Lincoln (8-13, 5-7) Wednesday night. The Griffons improved to 8-0 in the MWSU Fieldhouse, matched last season's win total and their 8-4 conference record is the best for the program since 2010.

It looked to be a tight contest at first with five lead changes and four ties early in the first half. Lincoln led 22-21 with 10:22 left in the first before the Griffons went on a 7-1 run and never allowed the Blue Tigers to regain the lead. Lincoln tied the game at 28 before MWSU went on a 14-3 run to build an 11-point lead and eventually take a 45-35 lead to the break. Both teams scored 36 second half points, but MWSU limited Lincoln to 29% shooting in the half.

The win avenged an 89-66 loss at Lincoln earlier this season and was Missouri Western's first home win against the Blue Tigers since 2016.

NOTABLES

- Led by JaRon Thames' team-high 21 points, the Griffon bench contributed 38 of Missouri Western's points, outscoring the Lincoln bench by 28.

- Thames was 8 of 12 from the field and recorded his fifth straight double digit scoring effort.

- Missouri Western shot 51.7% (15-29) from the field in the first half and went 6 of 12 from 3-point range before the break.

- It was the fifth straight game the Griffons were even or plus on assist to turnover ratio with 12 each.

- Will Eames shot 4 of 7 from the field for 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds after leaving the Newman game with an injury.

- Tyus Millhollin went 7 for 7 at the free throw line and made a pair of 3-pointers for 13 points.

- Tyrell Carroll had a team-high six assists and three steals.

UP NEXT

The Griffons will try to match the 2019-10 team's streak of nine-straight home wins when they host Central Missouri (9-11, 4-7) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the MWSU Fieldhouse. MWSU won the first meeting this year, 67-63 in Warrensburg.

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Western women use fast start to roll past Blue Tigers 72-53

ST. JOSEPH – The Missouri Western women's basketball team (16-5, 8-4) jumped out to a 15-0 lead on Lincoln (3-18, 0-12) and cruised to a 72-53 victory Wednesday night in the MWSU Fieldhouse.

Missouri Western scored on 11 of its 16 first quarter possessions to build a 26-9 lead after one quarter. The Griffons shot 58.8% in the quarter while holding Lincoln to 30% shooting. MWSU was cooled the rest of the game, but still managed to shoot 46.8% on the night.

NOTABLES

- The Griffons moved to 10-1 in the MWSU Fieldhouse, avenging their first home loss of the season, nearly two weeks ago.

- All five Griffon starters scored in double figures.

- Missouri Western needed just two points on 1 of 12 shooting from its bench to handle the Blue Tigers.

- Chris Wilson led the Griffons with 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting with nine rebounds.

- Corbyn Cunningham was 6 for 6 from the field, scoring 15 points with nine rebounds.

- Katrina Roenfeldt scored 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting, 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

- Anastacia Johnson added 12 points with four assists and three steals.

- Kylee Williams scored 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting from 3-point range.

UP NEXT

Missouri Western hosts No. 18 Central Missouri (17-3, 11-0) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Jennies play at Northwest Missouri State, Thursday night, but took a 14-game win streak into this week. Central Missouri defeated the Griffons 63-52 in Warrensburg earlier this season. Missouri Western took a lead to the fourth quarter and led by one with five minutes left, but UCM closed out the game on a 12-2 run.

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