JOPLIN -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team made nine three pointers in the first half en route to tying a a school record with 15 in a single game dn the Lions defeated visiting Missouri Western 95-69 at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center tonight.
Freshman Austin Wright set career highs in points, three's and attempts as he scored 19 off the bench to help lead the long-range attack for the Lions (7-4, 2-1 MIAA).Marquis Addison led all scorers with 22 points and ten rebounds as five different Lions scored in double-figures. Addison had foiur three pointers, while Wright had five.Stephen Atkinson scored 18 points with four three three's, while Jordan Talbert andGreg Renfroe scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Western (5-7, 1-3 MIAA) had four score in double-figures led by 14 points from Adarius Fulton. Western made 11 three pointers of their own.
After the Griffons started the game on a 10-6 run, the Lions reeled off five-straight points to take an 11-10 lead. Western re-took the lead (21-16) at the ten minute mark, but the Lions tied it at 21 on a layup from Wright with nine minutes left and went ahead the next trip down on a layup from Talbert. Southern closed the half on a 23-10 run to go into the locker room up 48-35.
The Lions' lead reached as many as 28 (95-67) after a late layup from Atkinson.
Southern shot 58 percent from the field in the game and 63 percent from long range making 15-24 from beyond the arc, tying the school record set back in 2003 against St. Gregory's. The Lions scored 32 points in the paint and 30 points off of 17 Western turnovers. The Lions' bench out scored Western 36-22.
Southern will be back in action next Thursday night with a game at Lindenwood.