ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
In 2016 Missouri Western found themselves on the wrong end of tight games time and time again.
Their first game of 2017 was no different.
A defensive breakdown at the end of the second half and a turnover with little time left in overtime cost the Griffons 71-67 at the Missouri Western Fieldhouse.
"I am disappointed in how we played," head coach Brett Weiberg said after the loss. "I'm disappointed in how we executed and I'm disappointed in some of the things that we did that we hadn't necessarily been doing that I haven't seen. It blows my mind how that would happen and it will be addressed. Obviously, there were some defensive lacks and things defensively, but it was more on the offensive side of the basketball."
"We wanted this one bad just to right the ship, get the season off to a good start and have to get better in practice," forward Seth Bonifas added.
The going doesn't get easier for Western. They will host Upper Iowa on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Hillyard Tip-off Classic.