(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — The Central Missouri Mules ran their winning streak to seven games with a 72-60 win over Missouri Western Wednesday night at the UCM Multipurpose Building.
The win improves UCM’s record to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in MIAA play.
The Griffons (7-10, 3-6 MIAA) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but the Mules responded with a 19-3 run to open a 19-7 lead at the 14:24 mark.
Missouri Western didn’t back down as they came back with an 11-2 run to pull within three with 11:07 to play.
The Griffons pulled to within a pair at 29-27 with five and half to play in the opening period, but the Mules scored six of the final 10 points of the frame and led 35-31 at the break.
Dominique Long drained a three out of the intermission as the Mules opened the second half on a 9-3 run to open a 10-point lead with 15:26 to play in the game.
The Griffons were able to get back within seven at 48-41 with 13:13 remaining, but could get no closer. The Mules pushed the lead back to 12 at the 7:50 mark at 59-47.
MWSU got the lead back to single digits at 61-52 with 6:57 to go, but the Mules used a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 16 as they coasted to their seventh straight win.
The Mules shot 49 percent for the game, 24-of-49, including 58 percent in the second half. UCM was 8-of-20 from beyond the arc for 40 percent and made 16-of-26 free throws for 62 percent.
The Mules had 13 assists and 13 turnovers.
Cedric Clinckscales led the Griffons with a game-high 21 points, while Adarius Fulton poured in 17 points. MWSU shot 40 percent from the field, 25-of-62, but the Griffons were just 4-of-21 from three-point range for 19 percent. Western made 6-of-14 from the charity stripe for 43 percent.
The Griffons had 10 assists and 11 turnovers and also had seven steals.
The Mules are back in action at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon when they host Northwest Missouri at the UCM Multipurpose Building.