Joplin, Mo. -- Skyler Bowlin tied a career high with 28 points on the night as the Missouri Southern basketball team defeated visiting College of the Ozarks 76-62 in the finale of the Freeman Sports Medicine/Chris Tucker Memorial Classic.
Southern (3-0) wins for just the second time in the last six games in the series history over the Bobcats (4-3). Bowlin led all scorers, going 10-17 from the field and 5-9 from the three point line with seven assists and five steals. Keane Thomann had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Adams scored 14 and pulled down five boards.
The Bobcats were led in scoring with 19 points from Mike Wiebe as Spencer Blair scored 12.
The Lions opened up an 11-4 lead early on after the third-straight layup from Thomann with 16:19 left in the first half. The Bobcats, however, stormed back to get within one (23-22) after a pair of free throws from Nathan Peterson with 6:26 left and went ahead on a three from Blair to lead 25-22. The lead grew to five after a three From Mike Wiebe, before the Lions went on a 5-0 run to tie it up on a three from Bowlin with 3:23 left. Both teams traded buckets with the Lions going into the locker room up 34-33.
With the scored tied at 36 early in the second half, Southern went on an 13-1 run to go up 12 (49-37) capped off by a jumper from Thomann in the paint. The lead was as high as 19 (74-55) after a layup from Adams with 4:20 left on the clock.
The Lions forced 18 Bobcats' turnovers and scored 20 points off of the miscues, while outscoring C of O 38-12 in the paint. Southern won the rebounding war, 45-31 and assisted on 22-30 made buckets.
The Lions will be back in action next Wednesday, November 24 when Southern travels to play Arkansas-Fort Smith on the road.