Omaha, Neb. -- Jason Adams scored 31 points and the Missouri Southern men's basketball team held off a late run by Nebraska-Omaha tonight, defeating the Mavericks on the road, 98-95 in Sapp Fieldhouse.
Southern (13-1, 9-1 MIAA) remains a game in front of Fort Hays in the MIAA standings as the Tigers held off Pittsburg State today. The 9-1 start to MIAA play is second only to the Lions' 16-1 start in 99-00 for the best in the program's history.
The Lions were led offensively by Adams' 31 points on 11-16 shooting from the field and 5-8 from long range. The junior nailed four three's in the first half and had five dunks on the night, as well as extended his double-figure scoring streak to 41 games. Marquis Addison scored 17 points on 7-11 shooting, while Skyler Bowlin and Patrick Hester both scored 11.
UNO (9-5, 6-4 MIAA) ends a six-game winning streak with the loss. The Mavs were led in scoring by 26 points from Tyler Bullock. Mitch Albers scored 19, while Jeff Martin had 15 and Torrian Harris scored 10.
Both teams traded points and leads for most of the first half, before the Lions took a four-point lead (34-30) after a three pointer from Adams with just over seven minutes left. A layup from Bowlin pushed the Lions' lead to five at 49-45 with just under a minute to go in the half, before a three from Bullock cut the lead to just two at the half.
A three pointer from Albers with 16:10 left in the second half, tied the game fore the 15th time, before Southern went on a quick 9-0 run and led 68-59 with 14:05 left to go in the game. That lead would disappear, however, as a jumper from Bullock gave the Mavs an 80-79 lead with 7:18 left. Southern would then go to work and went on a 13-2 run to take a ten point lead at 92-82 with 1:43 left. The Mavericks posted a late comeback and cut the lead to three with just eight seconds left but a last-second three wouldn't go.
The Lions shot 54 percent from the field and forced 19 turnovers, scoring 27 points off of the miscues.
Southern will be back in action on Monday night with a road tilt at Northwest Missouri.