SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. - The Rogers State men's basketball team lost their first conference game of the season on Saturday, falling to Missouri Western State University 79-67 in a physical battle.
With the game tied at 24, Missouri Western would go on a 9-0 run to put them in the lead with three minutes left in the first half before taking a 41-31 lead into the halftime break.
The deficit would prove to be too much for the Hillcats to overcome. The Hillcats would shrink the lead back to single digits early in the second half, but Missouri Western would respond midway through increasing their lead to as large as 15 points. Missouri Western would hold a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
Senior Tavian Davis led the Hillcats with 18 points. Davis would also have two rebounds and two assists in the game.
Junior Darraja Parnell finished just behind Davis with 17 points. Parnell would also have five rebounds and two steals in the game.
Senior Christopher Miller and junior Brewster Peacock would tie for the team lead in rebounds with six each. Miller would also finish with six points, while Peacock would finish with seven.
Marques Sumner finished with nine points, three steals, four rebounds and two assists in the game.
The Hillcats would shoot just 33 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range for the game. The Griffons would shoot 54 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc.
The Hillcats will travel to Maryville, Missouri next to take on No. 2 Northwest Missouri State. Rogers State will tip off with the Bearcats at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 6.