Lions hang on to defeat Missouri Western, 85-71

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team withstood every comeback chance the visiting Missouri Western Griffons could muster and defeated Western 85-71 tonight at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. 

Southern (7-0, 3-0 MIAA) moves to 3-0 in the MIAA for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Jason Adams led the Lions in scoring with 21 points and six assists as each of Southern's five starters scored in double-figures. Adams was 5-8 from long range, while Bowlin had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Keane Thomann had 13 points and seven boards, while Kevin Hinsey and Marquis Addison had 11 and 10 points, respectively. 

Western (3-5, 1-2 MIAA) threw up 34 three pointers and made 12 of them on the night, led by 21 points from Jonathan Phelps, all off the bench. James Harvey and P'Allen Stinnett scored 13 and 12, respectively. 

The Lions led by as many as 10 in the first half after a jumper from Addison made the score 36-26 at the 2:47 mark. Western cut the Lions' lead to four (42-38) heading into the locker room. 

The Griffons cut the lead to just two (47-45) after a layup from TJ Johnson at the 16:39 mark, but never trailed from that point on. The lead was was as much as 15 after a layup from Thomann made the score 82-67 with 1:40 left in the game. 

The Lions forced 19 turnovers and scored 24 points off of the miscues. On the flip side, the Lions turned the ball over a season-high 20 times, but Western could only score seven points off of the turnovers. Southern shot 52 percent from the field and 60 percent from long range. 

The Lions will be back in action this Saturday afternoon when Southern plays host to Lincoln at 3 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.