ST. JOSEPH – Missouri Western Men’s Basketball (2-1) earned its second victory of the early season in a 65-57 win over Winona State Friday at the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic at Civic Arena. Down five points with just over six minutes to play, the Griffons played some of their best defense of the season to come away with the win.
- Missouri Western played its best defense of the night to close out the fourth quarter. The Griffons did not allow a single field goal in the final 6 minutes of the game.
- The Griffons closed the game on a 16-3 run over the last six minutes.
- Lavon Hightower swung momentum away from Winona State after the Warriors stretched their lead to five points with under six minutes remaining. Hightower converted the and-one after Tyrell Carroll set him up for the layup.
- Tyus Millhollin was fouled on a three-point attempt and sank three clutch free throws to give the Griffons the 55-54 lead.
- Jonathan Mesmacque sealed the game with a three off of another cross-court assist from Tyrell Carroll.
- Missouri Western held the Warriors to just 32 percent shooting in the second half.
- The Griffons shot 40 percent from beyond the arc in the win.
- Alex Martin and Lavon Hightower both picked up double-doubles for the Griffons on Friday night. It was the first time a player on Missouri Western recorded a double-double since Nov. 30, 2017.
- Hightower led all scorers with 15 points on 50 percent shooting.
- Mesmacque came off the bench and had the best game of his career. Mesmacque posted career highs in points (11), rebounds (7), and assists (4).
- Freshman guard Tyrell Carroll played 30 minutes off the bench and was the team’s second-leading scorer with 13 points to go along with his five assists.
- Alex Martin set several career marks in Friday’s win. Martin grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and scored 12 points for his first career double-double.
- Missouri Western will play Upper Iowa in its final game of the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- Upper Iowa fell to Northwest Missouri 76-59 on Friday night.
— MWSU Athletics —