Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team came away with a huge road win today, taking out Northeastern State in Tahlequah this afternoon, 80-65 and moving into a first-place tie in the MIAA with the win.
The Lions (11-2, 5-1 MIAA) are now tied with Central Missouri and NSU for the top spot in the league. The Lions are now 7-0 on the road and coach Robert Corn won his 399th game in his career. It is just the third win ever in Tahlequah.
Slim Magee and Jordan Talbert led the Lions with 14 points each. Magee went 6-8 from the field and added ten rebounds, while Talbert pulled down seven boards of his own. Cameron Cornelius and Marquis Addison had ten points each, while Greg Renfroe scored eight and Austin Wright had seven.
Northeastern State (10-3, 5-1 MIAA) had four score in double-figures, led by 20 points from Bryton Hobbs.
NSU led by seven (13-6) after a free-throw from Hobbs with 13:15 left in the first half. The Lions, however, came right back and went on an 8-0 run to take a 14-13 lead after a three pointer from Addison with just under 12 minutes left in the half. After a quick point by the RiverHawks to go ahead 15-14, a jumper from Wright gave the Lions a 16-15 lead they would hold for the rest of the game. A jumper from Randy Clark with 2:41 left made the lead 33-27 and a pair of freebies from Wright with 33 seconds left gave the Lions a 38-30 lead going into the locker room.
A dunk from Talbert on the Lions' first possession of the second half pushed the lead to ten and a pair of free-throws from Cornelius pushed Southern's lead to 15 (48-33) with 15:42 left to go in the game. A layup from Magee made the lead 17 (58-41, while a three from Addison kept the advantage at 17, which would be the largest of the game until a pair of free-throws with under a minute left pushed the Lions' lead to 80-62.
Southern shot 50 percent from the field in the game and 46 percent from long-range. The Lions made 75 percent of their free-throws and dominated the RiverHawks on the boards with a 43-25 advantage. Southern held a 34-14 advantage in the paint and the Lions' bench outscored NSU 32-16. The Lions had 17 assists on 28 made baskets.
MSSU will be back in action on Wednesday evening as the Lions will play host to Lindenwood University at 7:30 pm from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.