Lions Clinch MIAA Tournament Bid with 77-54 win over Washburn

Joplin, Mo. -- Skyler Bowlin scored a season-high 23 points on 5-7 shooting from long range and the Missouri Southern men's basketball team secured a spot in the 2010 MIAA Basketball Tournament with a 77-54 win over Washburn tonight in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (15-9, 9-8 MIAA) has won seven of the last eight games against the Ichabods in the series. Jason Adams scored 18 points, while Keane Thomann had 11 and Mariun Price scored 10. 

Washburn (13-12, 7-11 MIAA) was led in scoring by Logan Stutz with 16 points. William McNeil had 13. 

Skyler Bowlin scored 11 points early, going 3-4 from long range, as the Lions raced to 27-14 lead with just under eight minutes to go in the first half. Bowlin hit two more threes, including a late long range bucket with 18 seconds left in the half and the Lions went into the locker room with a 40-26 first-half lead. 

Southern started the second half with a bang as Crittendon hit Adams for an alley-oop pass on the Lions opening possession. The lead was 22 after a three pointer from Adams made the score 58-36 with a little more than 13 minutes left in the second half. 

The lead was 21 (68-47) after a pair of free throws from Bowlin with 7:23 left. 

The Lions shot 49 percent from the field and forced 17 Washburn turnovers, scoring 26 points on the miscues. The Lions trailed just once, 3-0, after an opening three from the Ichabods. 

Southern will be back in action this weekend when the Lions finish off the home slate with a 3:30 game against Fort Hays. The game will be senior night for the Lions. Updated MIAA standings can be found below.


  MIAA Overall
Central Mo. 16-1 23-1
Fort Hays St. 13-3 19-4
Southwest Baptist 10-6 19-7
Neb.-Omaha 10-7 17-7
Mo. Southern St. 9-8 15-9
Mo. Western St. 9-8 14-10
Emporia St. 8-10 12-13
Northwest Mo. St. 7-10 12-12
Washburn 7-11 13-12
Truman 3-15 5-20
Pittsburg St. 2-15 8-16