Men's basketball plays host to Central Bible before opening up MIAA play

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Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will play its final non-conference game on Tuesday when the Lions play host to Central Bible College in a 7 pm tipoff at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. 

The Coaches: In his 24th season as head coach at Missouri Southern, Robert Corn has guided the Lions to 19 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths (14 straight) and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.  The 1999-00 Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year, he holds a career record of 379-286 (.559) at Southern, and is the winningest head coach in Lions basketball history. A 1978 graduate of Southern, he has led Southern to eight 20-win seasons. His 1999-2000 team went 30-3 and advanced to the NCAA-II Elite Eight semifinals. Corn is fifth on the all-time MIAA wins list and third among active MIAA coaches. He is a three-time MIAA Coach of the Year winner, including a unanimous selection in 2010-11. 

Kirk Hanson is entering his 34th season at Central Bible College. Hanson played four seasons for CBC, scoring over 1,000 points during his career and averaging 11.2 PPG. Under his leadership, CBC has won three national championships and nineteen regional championships. They have won twenty or more games in twenty-three seasons. Hanson has been named National Coach of the year three times, accumulating a coaching record of 685-435 (.612).

The Lions last time out (4-3):The Missouri Southern men's basketball team utilized 20 second half points in the paint, as well as 17 points off of turnovers to pull out a 58-50 win at Arkansas Tech tonight. The Lions (4-3) shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half and went into the locker room trailing by six. Neither team shot particularly well as both squads went without a bucket for the final five minutes of the half. The Lions came out of the locker room and made their first six shots and erased what was an eight point lead. A layup from Marquis Addison at the 13:20 mark of the second half gave Southern a 35-33 lead and the Lions never trailed from that point on. Tech cut the lead to one (41-40) at the nine minute mark and trimmed it to two twice more, but an 8-2 run capped off by a fast-break layup from Addison with just more than a minute remaining gave the Lions an eight point lead (52-47). The Lions' lead would be as much as 11, before a late Tech three made the final tally, 58-50. 
Addison led all scorers with 18 points on 6-10 shooting and a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. Jordan Talbert scored 15 and pulled in nine rebounds as he went 5-9 from the field and 5-7 from the charity stripe. RJ Leverette scored 10 and pulled down seven rebounds. Greg Renfroe had five points and nine boards.

The Series: Southern is a perfect 8-0 against the Spartans in the all-time series. The two teams have hooked up for each of the last eight seasons with the Lions winning every matchup. The average margin of victory in the series is 29 points for the Lions with the closest game coming in 2008 where Southern won by just six points. The largest margin of victory came in 2006 when the Lions won by 52 points. The Lions have held CBC under 50 points three times and to just 51 points in the 2010 game, while Southern has scored over 90 points four times and over 78 points in every game.