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Men's basketball opens up 2014 with home matchup with Fort Hays State

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Press Release MSSU:

The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will look to extend its seven-game winningstreak as the Lions open up 2014 by playing host to Fort Hays State at 3 pmthis Saturday inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. 

GameInformation

Teams: MissouriSouthern (9-1/3-0 MIAA) | Fort Hays State (8-3, 0-3 MIAA)
Date:Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Tip-Off: 3:00pm
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site: Leggett& Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MSSUleads 46-30
Coaches: RobertCorn (397-300 overall/at MSSU). Mark Johnson (254-109, overall and atFHSU)

MediaCoverage

MSSU Radio: 97.9FM Big Dog - Mike McClure - Play by Play
Internet Audiowww.mssulions.com
Webcastwww.mssulions.com
Live Stats:livestats.prestosports.com/mssu
Lions on Facebook: Facebook.com/missourisouthernlions
Lions on Twitter: @mososports;@mssumensbball

TheSeries: FortHays holds a 26-17 advantage over the Lions. Prior to the 2007-08 season, all of the games came when both teams were in the CSIC. The Lions havewon five out of eight games in the series.The Tigers have had two separatestreaks of five wins in a row. Southern dropped seven straight games from 1982to 1985 and have lost 13 out of the last 15 games with the Tigers with the lastmeeting taking place in 1989. The largest margin of victory for the Lionscame on two consecutive games on Feb. 18, 1977 and Feb. 3, 1978 when Southerndefeated the Tigers by identical 15 point margins. The largest margin ofvictory for the Tigers came in the 1987-88 season when Hays defeated Southerntwice by the margins of 26 and 44 points. At home, Southern is 13-6 againstthe Tigers. The Lions are 4-16 in Hays and are 0-4 in nuetral site games. 

MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, three point defense, field goal defense,blocks, turnover margin, offensive rebounds and offensive rebound percentage.Southern ranks second in scoring, and steals, while ranking third in rebounds,assists and field goal percentage. The Lions also rank fourth in free-throws,and rebounding margin.

 MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks tenth in scoring in the MIAA, while ranking fifth infree-throw shooting and seventh in steals. SlimMagee ranks second in field goal percentage and third in blocks, while JordanTalbert ranks fourth in blocks and sixth in rebounds. LaneBarlow ranks ninth in assists, eighth in asst/turnover ratio and tenth insteals, while Austin Wright ranks fifth in three point percentage.   

NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, rank 11th in scoring margin, 12th in total blocks and 13th inblocks per game. Southern ranks 21st in field goal defense, 23rd in both winloss percentage and scoring, while ranking 26th in field goal percenage, 33rdin assists per game and 34th in turnover margin. Individually, both Slim Mageeand Jordan Talbert rank in the top 60 in total blockzs and blocks per game. 

Season Highs: AustinWright's seven made three pointers against Washburn is the most in asingle-game this year. Slim Magee's seven blocks against Nebraska-Kearney wasthe most in a single-game, as well.    
 
Passing 1,000: MarquisAddison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 pointsagainst Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,281 points, moving infront of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs99 points to pass Terry Shumphert for 9th all-time and is the fourth Lion inthe past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin andKeane Thomann.  
 
Corn Moves Up The WinsLadder: Coach Robert Corn won his 380th career gameagainst Central Bible and that moved him into fourth place on the MIAA careerwins list, passing Truman's Boyd King (1946-71). He now has 397 wins and issecond among active coaches (Bob Chipman). 

Three PointStreak: The Lions failed to make a three-pointer atArkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 gamesthat Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 32-straight games sinceArkansas Tech in 2012-13. 

Points a Plenty: Withthe 101 points scored against Ottawa, it is the first time in the program'shistory the Lions have scored at least 100 points or more in three-straightgames. The Lions have scored 100 or more in 65 games in the program's history,including six times in the 85-86 season. 

Leggett & PlattAttendance: The Lions averaged 1,745 fans per game lastseason at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. That number ranked 15thnationally and is the third season in a row for Southern to rank in the top 20nationally as the Lions were ranked 17th a season ago, averaging 1,923 fans pergame. The Lions were ranked 18th nationally two seasons ago, averaging 1,801fans per game. 

He's on Fire:Austin Wright was perfect from the field against Washburn going 8-8. He was 7-7from long-range, tying the school record for three-point percentage, but hisseven made shots is the most-ever in a perfect performance. 
preseason MIAA PicksThe Missouri Southern men's basketball team was picked tofinish sixth in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll in the 2013-14Preseason MIAA Polls. 

Up Next:TheLions will travel to Central Oklahoma on January 8th, and will stay on the roadwith a January 11th matchup at Northeastern State.  

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