On Thursday, February 18, both Griffon basketball teams traveled down to Topeka, Kansas to take on the Washburn Ichabods. The men came out dominant over the nationally ranked Ichabods, while the women fell just short in their matchup.
On the men’s side, the Griffon men were on a two-game win streak going into Thursday night’s game and their momentum was up. Not to mention, it would be the first game head coach Will Martin was able to coach after his time in quarantine.
Washburn is ranked No. 15 in the national polls, and the scoreboard went back and forth all night between them and the Griffons. The first half was full of lead changes, with Missouri Western going up by seven right before halftime. Will Eames led the Griffons in the first half with four 3-pointers and a total of 16 points.
The Griffons were up by double digits for most of the second half until the final minutes. Washburn came within single digits with just six minutes left to play, which dwindled down to a one-score game with under a minute to go.
But no fear. With just seconds left, Reese Glover makes a fadeaway three-point shot to seal the win and help the Griffons pull off the upset over Washburn 81-77.
Until this game, Washburn had been undefeated at home all season. It was also the second time this season that Missouri Western had upset a higher-ranked Washburn team. The Griffon men moved to 11-8 on the season.
The Griffon women were also on a win streak going into their game against Washburn after winning their previous three games in the MWSU Fieldhouse last week.
Like the men, the game started out very back-and-forth, but that quickly came to a halt when the Ichabods began to pull away at the start of the second quarter. Turnovers didn’t help their case, as Missouri Western committed 13 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The Griffons were able to pull within five points at the start of the second half, but that would be as close and they would get for the remainder of the game. Washburn won 51-41, putting the Missouri Western women at 6-12 for the season.
Asia McCoy led the women with 13 points and eight rebounds, but turnovers and shooting hurt the Griffons on Thursday. They went on to commit a total of 20 turnovers on the night and shot just 34.8 percent from the field.