ST. JOSEPH – As the final buzzer sounded, Lavon Hightower’s full court heave rattled in-and-out. It would have been a fitting end to a wild Wednesday night, as Missouri Western (8-8, 2-3 MIAA) and Washburn (11-2, 4-0 MIAA) put on a show in the MWSU Fieldhouse, with the Ichabods topping the Griffons 95-94 in overtime.
- The Griffons held a 40-35 lead going into halftime, making nine three pointers on 45 percent shooting.
- Lavon Hightower led all scorers at the half with 15 points. Tyrell Carroll also had 10 points in the first half.
- The Griffons remained in control through most of the second half, stretching their lead to eight on a Bryan Hudson layup with 6:25 to play in regulation.
- With 16 seconds remaining in the fourth, Hightower’s free throw put the Griffons up 86-84.
- Washburn’s David Salach scored with six seconds left to tie the game at 86.
- Both of the Griffons’ shot attempts on the ensuing possession missed, sending the game into overtime at 86-86.
- In overtime, a Griffon turnover led to a fast-break bucket for the Ichabods, extending the Washburn lead to 94-91 with 26 seconds remaining.
- On the following Missouri Western possession, Tyus Millhollin calmly sank a pull-up three pointer, forcing Washburn to call a timeout.
- Washburn’s Jalen Lewis was fouled on the Ichabod’s final possession, sending him to the free-throw line tied at 94 apiece.
- Lewis converted the first free-throw attempt, but missed the second.
- Hightower pulled down the rebound before launching a 70-foot attempt that rattled off the rim, sealing the 95-94 win for Washburn.
- The Griffons set a program record with 19-made three pointers.
- The Griffons’ 20 assists are the most they have had in a game since 2010.
- 95 points is the most the team has scored since their 97-point mark in 2014.
- Hudson led the Griffons in scoring with a career-high 23 points
- Carroll finished with 22 points, seven assists, and five boards.
- Hightower posted another double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Hightower also set a career-high with seven assists.
- Millhollin added 17 points with five three’s.
- Alex Martin also scored in double-figures with 12 points.
- Missouri Western will take on Emporia State (6-7, 1-3 MIAA) at home on Saturday, Jan. 12.
- The Hornets lost to No. 2 Northwest Missouri by 20 points on Wednesday.
— MWSU Athletics —