Maryville, Mo. -- Senior guard Skyler Bowlin tied the Missouri Southern career record for three-pointers made as the 22nd ranked Lions defeated Northwest Missouri 91-79 tonight in Bearcat Arena.
Southern (14-1, 10-1 MIAA) moves to 5-0 on the road in the MIAA this season (6-0 overall) and keeps its lead in the MIAA standings.
The Lions were led offensively by Jason Adams as the junior had a team-high 23 points and 13 rebounds, while dishing out five assists and extending his double-figure scoring streak to 42-consecutive games. Both Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann had 20 points, as Bowlin hit his 178th career three pointer, tying him with Keith Allen (89-93) for the Missouri Southern career lead. Thomann went 9-12 from the field, while Marquis Addison added 11 points.
Northwest (4-11, 2-9 MIAA) was led in scoring by sophomore DeShaun Cooper's 29 points on 13-19 shooting. Jake Petersen scored a career-high 22 points in the loss.
The Lions opened up an 8-4 early lead after a bucket from Adams just four minutes into the game. The Bearcats, however, took a lead after a tip in from Arunas Simanavicius gave Northwest a one-point lead (9-8) with 12:56 left. The Bearcats lead again by one point after a layup from Cooper with 5:48 left, but that would be the last lead of the game for Northwest. The Lions took the lead the next trip down after a jumper from Bowlin and went into the locker room ahead by ten on Bowlin's record-tying three pointer.
A layup from Thomann with 14:27 left gave the Lions a 19 point advantage in the second half, but Northwest went on a 20-9 run over the next seven minutes to cut the Lions' lead to just six (68-62). A pair of free-throws from Bowlin with just under two minutes left, however, pushed the Lions' lead to 13 (84-71).
Southern held Northwest to just 23 rebounds on the night (a season low for an opponent against the Lions), while they pulled down 32 boards of their own. The Lions shot 60 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.
Southern will be back in action this Saturday, Jan. 22 when the Lions play host to Truman at 3 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.