Glover

Reese Glover knocking down a three in Thursday game against the Jets. Glover would become the all time three point leader in MWSU history.

On the night that junior Reese Glover became Missouri Western’s all time leader in career three-pointers made, the team couldn’t get much else going, leading to a 71-55 loss at Newman.

The Griffons (8-7, 4-5 MIAA) were without regular starters Matt Nunez and Will Eames in this one.  The team, with spot starters JaRon Thames and J.C. Anthony, started the game out of sorts and weren’t able to recover.

It was a rough shooting night from the get go, as the Jets (6-10, 2-8 MIAA) jumped out to a surprising 14-2 lead in the first five minutes of play.  At that point, the ball came to Glover, who stepped up and hit a three-pointer, the 234th of his career, moving past Cole Clearman for Griffon immortality.

It’s ironic that these were the circumstances, as Glover has had a knack for turning games around with sometimes a single shot.  Thursday, however, was not the case.

The Griffons continued the rough offensive night in the first half, going into the break down 38-25.  While they were more competitive in the second half, they weren’t nearly efficient enough to mount a comeback.

It was the three-point shooting that was crucial in this one.  The Griffons went just 6/26 from beyond the arc as the Jets shot an efficient 8/18 across five players.  No one player was dominating, as four Jets starters recorded double-digit points.

It was Missouri Western’s Taye Fields leading the game with 16 points on 5/11 shooting while adding nine rebounds.  With the Griffons being short handed, Fields was on the court for all 40 minutes, the first time in his career he’s done so.

The Jets picked up their second conference win of the season with the win.  The Griffons, meanwhile, dropped down to ninth in the conference with their fourth loss in the last five games.

Things will not get easier this weekend, as the team heads to Edmond, OK, to pay a visit to the MIAA leading Central Oklahoma Bronchos, winners of their last nine games.

 

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