Pittsburg, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team had five players score in double figures and scored the most points in ten years as the Lions defeated Bethany College 112-74 today in the final game of the Pittsburg State Classic.
The 112 points for the Lions (4-1) are the most in a game since the Lions won 114-48 against Messenger College in 2003.
Austin Wright had a season-high 20 points in the game on 7-9 from the field and 5-7 from long range. Slim Magee had a career-high 18 points on 8-9 shooting. He went 2-3 from the free-throw line and had a career-high nine rebounds in the game. Jordan Talbert and Marquis Addison had 16 points each, while Blaine Miller tied his career high with 11 points on 4-6 shooting and 3-4 from the charity stripe.
Bethany (2-2) had three score in double-figures led by 18 points from Idris Ibn Idris.
The Lions led 15-9 after a pair of free-throws from Bethany's Vincent Roybal with 14:47 left in the first half. Southern, however, answered back and went on a 14-6 run to take a 29-15 lead with 11 minutes left after a pair of freebies from Talbert.
The Lions led by 16 (34-18) after a jumper from Cameron Cornelius with 9:20 left in the half, and the lead reached its apex (30) as a tip in from Magee with three seconds left gave the Lions a 63-33 lead at the break.
Southern led by 37 on multiple occasions, the last on a free-throw from Stephen Atkinson with 8:03 left in the second. The lead was its highest at 43 (108-65) after a jumper from Miller with 3:46 left.
Southern held a 42-12 advantage in the paint and scored 28 points off of 20 Bethany turnovers. The Lions had a 34-7 advantage in second-chance points as Southern had a 20-rebound advantage (43-23) including 22-10 on the offensive boards. For the second-straight game, the Southern bench scored at least 60 points as the Lions' reserves scored 63 points.
The Lions will be off for the Thanksgiving break, but will be back at home on November 30, playing host to Ottawa University in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center at 3 pm.