Southern rushes out to big second-half lead in 91-74 win over Truman State

Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team outscored Truman 18-2 to start the second half and quickly opened up a 22 point lead, cruising to a 91-74 victory to open up MIAA play tonight at Truman State University.

Southern (5-0, 1-0 MIAA) had a career-high 34 points from Skyler Bowlin as he scored the most points by a Lion in a game since Eddin Santiago scored 37 in a 101-77 win at Truman State in 2002. Bowlin added five rebounds and six assists. Jason Adams scored 19, while Keane Thomann added 12 and pulled down seven rebounds. Kevin Hinsey and Marquis Addison added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Addison had a career-high eight steals in the game. The eight steals is the third-most ever in a game at Southern. 

Truman (2-3, 0-1 MIAA) was led offensively by 23 points from Ethan Freeman, while Isaac Gardner and Alex Henderson scored 11 and 10, respectively. 

Southern opened up a 15-5 lead at the 13:47 mark in the first half on one of Bowlin's four three pointers in the first half. Truman tied the game at 33 after a pair of free throws from Freeman with 2:38 left in the half, but a bucket from Adams gave the Lions a 35-33 lead and five points from Bowlin to end the half made the score 40-36 going into the locker room. 

Bowlin had 22 points at the break, including four three's. 

The second half, however, is where the Lions poured it on. A jumper from Thomann was sandwiched between three's from Bowlin and Adams as Southern went up 12 (48-36) at the 18:41 mark. A bucket from Marquis Addison with 17:12 left in the game made the score 58-38 and the lead was 22 (62-40) after a bucket from Adams. The lead was as high as 24 (74-50) after a bucket from Bowlin with nine minutes left. 

Southern out scored Truman 44-22 in the paint and forced 22 turnovers, turning the miscues into 26 points. The Lions had 15 steals on the night and 16 assists to just eight turnovers. 

MSSU will be back in action this Saturday afternoon as the Lions play host to 12th ranked Central Missouri at 3 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.