EDMOND, Okla. -- The ninth ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball season came to an end tonight in the semifinals of the South Central Regional as the Lions fell 72-57 to sixth seed Midwestern State.
Southern (26-5) was led offensively by Jason Adams as the junior socred 15 points on 6-11 shooting, including 3-5 from long-range. Keane Thomann went 5-10 from the floor and scored 13 points with five rebounds. Skyler Bowlin scored five and added seven assists, while Patrick Hester scored eight points off the bench.
MSU (24-8) was led in scoring by Michael Loyd with 25 points and Chris Hagan with 18.
Midwestern opened up an 18-11 lead at the 11:46 mark of the first half after a layup from Loyd, but a 5-0 run from the Lions capped by a free-throw from Hester cut the lead to three (18-15) with 10:26 left. The Mustang lead reached 18 (35-17) after a layup from Loyd, but a pair of freebies from Hester with 36 seconds to go in the half sent the Lions into the locker room, trailing 41-27.
A three pointer from Hester with 12:03 left to go in the second half cut the MSU lead to six at 48-42, but the Mustangs' Keonte Logan nailed a three the next time down the court and the Lions would get no closer. The MSU lead reached as high as 24 (75-51) after a pair of free-throws from Darrick Thomas.
This was easilly the quickest team the Lions had played all season and that showed as MSU forced the Lions into 18 turnovers, scoring 26 points off of the miscues. The Mustangs out scored Southern 40-26 in the paint and held a 22-2 advantage in fast break points.
The Lions shot 33.9 percent from the field and just 57 percent from the foul line, while MSU shot 42 percent from the field.
This was a season to remember for the Lions as Southern won its first regular season title since the 1999-2000 season and the Lions also had the third-most wins in a season in program history.
Senior's Skyler Bowlin, Rich Borries and Chris Scruggs left their mark on the Southern basketball program. Bowlin finishes his career as a Lion as the top three-point shooter in the program's history, draining 224 in his four-year career as a Lion. He also ranks fourth in scoring at 1,664 points, and second in steals (265) and third in assists (568).