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Griffins Hard Fought Effort Comes Up Short Against No. 11 WashU

Griffins Hard Fought Effort Comes Up Short Against No. 11 WashU

Photo taken by Missouri Baptist Director of Athletic Communications, Brad Cygan 

ST. LOUIS, Mo.--  The Fontbonne University men's basketball team trailed by just four against No. 11-ranked WashU on Tuesday night, however the Bears pulled away in the second half and went on for the 98-68 win.

The Griffins (2-7), shot 46.6 percent from the field and leading the charge was Luke DeLine's 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Kris McCann went 7-of-13 from the floor to finish with 16 points.

WashU (7-1), picked up the 30-point win thanks to its 58.8 field goal and 55.6 3-point percentage in the second half. Overall, the Bears shot 56.7 percent and 43.5 percent from downtown.

Six players reached double-figures and they were paced by Andrew Sanders' 17 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting. Matt Highsmith netted 13, while Jack Wiernicki led the group off the bench with 12 points.

It was a back-and-forth outing throughout the first half but the Griffins would own the upper hand at 13-10 (15:35) on McCann's made lay-up.

The team maintained its lead and stretched it out to 21-16 on Erich Schark's made bucket at the 10:40 mark. However, a quick 7-0 run over the next two minutes and 32 seconds gave the Bears a 23-21 lead on Devaughn Rucker's made free throw.

With 6:35 to go, the Bears were on top 29-23 but Fontbonne continued to chip away at the lead and were down just 32-30 on James Wiggins' made jump with 4:45 left in the first.

WashU, however fended off the Griffins the rest of the way and headed into the break on top, 40-36. Both teams shot at or above 50.0 percent in the first half. McCann led FBU with his nine points, while Sanders dominated going 7-of-9 to finish with 14.

In the second half, the Griffins continued to stay within striking distance and at 10:13, the team trailed just 63-60 on Jared Woodcock's made basket.

The Bears, though eventually put distance between themselves and Fontbonne by going on a 14-1 run in three minutes time to take a 77-61 lead. It was all WashU the rest of the way, outscoring the Griffins 21-7 the final eight minutes of play and going on for the 30-point win.

FBU will now shift its focus back to conference play as they'll face the fast paced offense in Greenville on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the men's basketball team.