Griffons continue to struggle as they lose to Northeastern State

MWSUThe Missouri Western men’s basketball team couldn’t stop Northeastern State from shooting the ball well and gaining extra possessions, and lost Saturday evening at MWSU Fieldhouse 73-61.

Missouri Western dropped to 8-12 and 4-8 in the conference, and Northeastern improved to 15-5 overall, and is 8-4 in the MIAA.

Missouri Western came out knocking down three 3-pointers to take a 9-3 lead in the first 3 minutes of the matchup. Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe knocked down two 3s and Reed Mells added another. Cedric Clinkscales added four more points to give the Griffons a 13-5 lead with 16 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the first half.

The Griffons eventually took an 18-10 lead minutes later, but went cold from the field and Northeastern took advantage, going on a 15-0 run to jump out to a 25-18 lead with 8:41 left. John Schneider stepped off the bench and went 3-for-3 with six points and six boards to help lead the comeback for the RiverHawks.

Northeastern took a 31-23 lead into halftime, and the Griffons stayed in the game early in the second half thanks two 3s, one by Dzenan Mrkaljevic and one by Tuluka-Mfumpembe. The RiverHawks shot well from the 3-point line too, however, and took a 48-33 lead with 15 minutes left. Northeastern shot 54 percent from the field in the second half.

The RiverHawks consistently stayed ahead of the Griffons the rest of the way, taking a 20-point lead 62-42 with 7:38 left in the game, and took the win 73-61.

Bryton Hobbs nailed four 3s and was 10-for-17 from the field, scoring 32 points to help Northeastern win. Clinkscales led the Griffons with a team-high 13 points and was 6-for-12. Mrkaljevic added 12 points and eight boards.

The Griffons next travel to Topeka, Kan. to play Washburn Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

— MWSU Sports Information —