Seniorforward JordanTalbert carved out his second-straight double-double and the MissouriSouthern basketball team stayed perfect with a 68-65 win over Eastern NewMexico tonight in the Division II Tipoff in Las Vegas.
Southern(2-0) was led by Talbert's 14 points and 13 rebounds as the senior played in 36minutes of action. CameronCornelius scored a team-high 15 points and added seven rebounds, while LaneBarlow scored 13 and GregRenfroe had nine rebounds.
Eastern (0-1)was led in scoring by 25 points from Rodney Blackmon. Rafael Love and DennisHardwell had seven points each.
A layup fromCornelius at the 15:45 mark of the first half gave the Lions an 8-6 lead earlyon. A bucket from SlimMagee the next trip down gave the Lions a lead they would hold on to forthe next six minutes. A bucket from the Greyhounds' Cornelius Cammock gave ENMUa 19-18 lead and a layup from Hardwell increased the lead to three (21-18) with7:11 left to play in the half.
The Lionsre-took the lead on a layup from Magee to go up 22-21 and they would hold thatlead for the rest of the half going into the locker room up 33-25.
Southern'slead reached 11 (39-28) after a three from Barlow a minute into the second halfand it would be the largest at 12 after a bucket from DevinSpencer made the score 46-34 with 15:23 left in the second half.
Eastern wouldfight back and tie the game twice before taking a five-point lead at the fiveminute mark on a three from Blackmon. From then, the Lions went to work.Southern tied the game at 60 and went ahead at 61-60 on a pair of free-throwsfrom Talbert at the three-minute mark.
The Lionswould lead by five (65-60) after another Talbert freebie. A three-pointer fromBlackmon with 20 seconds left tied the game at 65, but the Lions made 3-4free-throws down the stretch between Barlow and MattEverson to take the game.
Southern shot43.1 percent from the field and held a 46-37 advantage on the board. Theyoutscored ENMU 40-16 in the paint and had a 12-2 advantage in fast-breakpoints.
The Lionswill be back in action at home on November 19 when Southern plays host toArkansas-Fort Smith at 7 pm from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
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