ST. JOSEPH – After falling behind by as many as 21 points in the second half, Missouri Western (11-14, 5-9 MIAA) came back to trail by just one possession with three minutes remaining. Southwest Baptist (12-11, 6-8 MIAA) managed to hold on late, allowing just two made field goals in the final three minutes to win by a score of 79-71.
- The Griffons shot well out of the opening tip, making seven of their first 11 shots to take a 17-15 lead eight minutes into the game.
- Southwest Baptist’s three-pointer on the next possession sparked a 28-6 run to go ahead by 20 in the first half.
- Tyus Millhollin swung it out to Lavon Hightower for a buzzer-beating three to trim the Bearcat lead to 43-29 at the halftime break.
- Bryan Hudson led the Griffons with 11 first half points.
- Southwest Baptist built its first-half lead from beyond the arc with seven triples before halftime.
- The Bearcats stretched their lead to a game-high 21 points five minutes into the second half.
- The Griffons then used a 21-7 run to slowly chip away at the Southwest Baptist lead.
- Hightower’s driving layup finally brought Missouri Western within one possession at 66-63 with 3:22 remaining.
- Southwest Baptist would then halt the Griffons’ momentum with a corner three-pointer.
- With the Griffons down four with one minute remaining, Southwest Baptist’s Maris Colton put the Bearcats up six to put Missouri Western away.
- The Griffons’ aggression paid off offensively in the second half, scoring 30 of their 42 second-half points in the paint.
- Hudson led all players with 24 points on an efficient 65 percent shooting. Hudson’s 24 points give him his second-highest mark this season.
- Tyrell Caroll finished with 18 points.
- Hightower scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and also led the team with eight rebounds.
- Missouri Western Men’s Basketball will face Central Missouri (12-11, 5-9 MIAA) for the first time this season on Saturday.
- The Mules fell to top-ranked Northwest Missouri by 17 points on Wednesday night.
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