Thomann's 29 helps to lead No. 16 Lions over Truman, 80-74

Kirksville, Mo. -- Keane Thomann scored 29 points as the 16th ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team defeated Truman State on the road today, 80-74. 

Southern (16-3, 8-3 MIAA) was led in scoring by Thomann's 29 points on 11-17 shooting from the field and 7-10 from the free-throw line. With his 29 points, Thomann moved in front of Russell Bland (1976-78) for ninth place all-time on the scoring list at Southern. He now has 1,282 points in his four-year career. 

Patrick Hester scored 16 points off the bench for the Lions on 4-8 shooting, 3-5 from long range and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Jason Adams scored 13 points, while Jordan Talbert added seven points and seven rebounds. 

Truman (5-13, 3-8, MIAA) was led in scoring by a career-high 29 points from Tom Nortan as he hit eight three pointers in the game. EJ Hicks and Seth Jackson scored 11 points, each. 

Truman scored the first four points, but the Lions answered back and tied it at 12 after a jumper from Thomann with 13:42 left in the first half. The Bulldogs led 17-12 with just under 13 minutes left, but the Lions went on a 11-0 run capped off by a three-point play from Thomann and led 23-17 with 9:54 left in the half. The Lions' lead would reach nine after a pair of free-throws from Thomann made the score 37-28 with 2:26 left in the half, but Truman scored six unanswered points to make the Lions' lead 37-34 going into the locker room. 

The Lions led by nine (48-39) after another two free-throws from Thomann with 14:32 left in the game. Truman would tie the game at 58 after a pair of freebies from Mike Carlson with 6:11 left to go and took a one-point lead after a three from Norton with 1:47 left. The Lions, however, scored two points on free-throws from Adams on the next posession and never trailed, making clutch free-throws down the stretch.

The Lions were out rebounded by Truman, 41-33, but out scored the Bulldogs 34-18 in the paint and scored 21 points off of 14 Truman miscues. The Lions shot 46 percent from the field in the win.

Southern will be back in action this Wednesday when the Lions play host to Central Missouri at 7:30 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.