ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Going back to last season, and including their season-opening loss loss to Winona State, the Griffons had lost 10 consecutive games, but bounced back in a huge way with a 77-65 win over Upper Iowa in the Hillyard Tip-off Classic.
Senior Cole Clearman led the way with 20 points for the Griffons, as Missouri Western, surprisingly, controlled the game from start to finish against a team that made the NCAA Tournament last season.
"To come back and really stick out chests out, I really feel like we locked our jaws and got tougher and played better," head coach Brett Weiberg said after the win. "I think is a testament to our kids. A little bit of a stress release and a little bit of pressure relief to go ahead and get our first win this year, so I'm really proud of how we played."
The Griffon offense found their stride, shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the three point line.
"We played like the way we know we can play so coach has been preaching to us in the last 24 hours, we had to bounce back and I thought we did that today," Clearman added.
Western will look to keep their momentum going this week as they host William Jewell on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.