JOPLIN -- The 14th ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team held off a late run from a pesky Emporia State team and the Lions re-took first place in the MIAA with an 82-73 win over the Hornets tonight at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (12-2, 5-2 MIAA) was led offensively by Keane Thomann as the senior had 27 points and ten rebounds on 10-19 shooting. A bucket by Thomann wiht 3:18 left in the first half moved him into the top ten all-time in scoring at Southern. He now has 1,187 points in his career and is all alone in tenth place.
Marquis Addison scored 18 points on 4-7 shooting from long range, and Jason Adams had 16 points and five assists.Patrick Hester had six points and vie assists as the Lions assisted on 18 of 29 made shots.
Emporia (7-5, 3-3 MIAA) had four players score in double-figures with Andonio DiMaria leading the way, scoring 16 and pulling down six boards.
The teams traded buckets until the Lions opened up a five point lead with 10:31 left in the first half after a jumper from Adams made the score 17-12. A three from DiMaria cut the Lions' lead to one (19-18), but a quick 7-0 run by the Lions pushed their lead to eight at 26-18 with six minutes left. Southern's lead was 11 (38-27) after a jumper from Steven Atkinson with 1:46 to go and a pair of free throws from Hester as time expired gave the Lions an 13 point lead at the half.
A layup from Thomann with 17:43 left in the second half gave the Lions a 19 point lead (51-32). However, a layup from the Hornets' Travis Dykman with 11:58 left in the second half and a three from Taylor Euler with 7:12 left cut the Lion's lead to just six on each occasion. A pair of freebies from Dykman made the score 74-73 with 2:46 left, but a three from Christian Salecich the next trip down put the game away.
Southern will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as the Lions travel to Washburn to take on the Ichabods.