Four Hornets reached double figures against the Missouri Western Griffons Sunday afternoon at White Auditorium. Emporia State won 71-60.
“That is what basketball is about, when you can pass up a good shot for a great shot, that is what it is all about,” said head coach Shaun Vandiver.
The men never had complete control in the game, fighting to the end. The Griffons took the first lead of the game, but Chris Sights, senior guard, regained the lead with a 3-pointer over a minute later.
Both teams battled back and forth the entire half with three ties and three lead changes before the Hornets went into the half with a 30-22 lead.
Sights scored 11 of his team high 17 points in the second half. This helped the Hornets maintain the lead throughout the entire half.
“I give the credit to my teammates,” Sights, a recreation major, said. “When they have confidence in me, they pass me the ball and I just let it fly.”
Gavin Brown recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points on the inside and hauled in 10 rebounds for the night. Paul Bunch also recorded double-digits with 11 points from inside with seven rebounds.
After two straight victories, ESU moves to a 7-7 record, but they still are not done, according to Bunch.
“This is just one notch on the belt,” Bunch, junior center, and criminal justice and delinquencies major, said. “After Truman, we vowed we were not going to lose at home and we would go four for four during this stretch. We are not done yet.”