Griffons fall at home to hot shooting UNK, 75-70

MWSUThe Missouri Western men’s basketball team dropped Saturday night’s game against Nebraska-Kearney 75-70 at MWSU Fieldhouse, dropping the Griffons to 9-15 (5-11 MIAA). Missouri Western now is just 4-7 at the Fieldhouse, play its final home game Saturday against Southwest Baptist, one game after a road tilt against Fort Hays State.

In front of 2,500 people, the Griffons wore camouflage uniforms for Military Appreciation Night. But the night soon turned for the worse.

The Griffons took a 33-29 lead into the break, but fell behind early in the second half due to proficient shooting from the Lopers.

The Lopers nailed nine of their 15 3s in the second half, including five apiece from Jon Henderson and Thomas Cooper.

The Griffons fell behind by 14 with 4 minutes, 58 seconds after Henderson nailed his fifth trey. Two 3s followed for the Griffons and Cedric Clinkscales, who finished with a team-high 14 points, put in a layup to pull Western within six.

The comeback was too much for the Griffons, however, and Kearney finished the victory off with a ton of free throws in the final minute.

Clinkscales added a double double on the night with 10 rebounds hauled in. Next up for the Griffons is a road game at Hays set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

— MWSU Sports Information —