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Men's basketball looks to remain perfect away from home with road matchup at Northeastern State


Press Release MSSU: 

The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will look to make a bid for first-place in theMIAA Saturday afternoon when the Lions travel to Tahlequah, Okla. to take onNortheastern State University at 3:30 pm from the NSU Events Center. 


Teams: MissouriSouthern (10-2/4-1 MIAA) | Northeastern State (10-2, 5-0 MIAA)
Date:Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Tip-Off: 3:30pm
Location:Tahlequah, Okla.
Site: NSUEvent Center (3000)
Series Record: Lionslead 17-16
Coaches: RobertCorn (398-301 overall/at MSSU). Larry Gipson (330-248, overall, 274-190 atNSU)


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TheSeries: Southernhas won four out of the last seven meetings between the two schools and hold anoverall record of 17-16 against the RiverHawks.The Lions' 77-69 overtime win athome in 2006 stopped a three game losing streak to theRiverhawks. Southern had won just once in Tahlequah, but the Lions pickedup a win at Jack Dobbins Fieldhouse in 2012. The Lions are 13-3 at home,2-12 on the road and 2-0 in a neutral site against the Riverhawks.  

MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, field goal defense, blocks, steals andoffensive rebound percentage. Southern ranks second in scoring, turnover marginand offensive rebounds, while ranking third in three point defense, reboundingand assists. The Lions rank fourth in scoring defense, field goal percentageand rebounding margin, while ranking fifth in free-throw shooting.

MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks ninth in the MIAA in scoring, while JordanTalbert ranks 23rd. Addison ranks fifth in free-throw shooting andsixthi n steals, while SlimMagee is second in field goal percentage and third in blocks. Talbertranks fifth in rebounding and fourth in blocks, while ranking second inoffensive rebounds. LaneBarlow ranks seventh in assist to turnover ratio and ninth in assists,while AustinWright ranks sixth in three point shooting   

NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, rank tenth nationally in scoring margin, while ranking 13thin blocks per game and 18th in total blocks. Southern ranks 19th in field goaldefense, while ranking 26th in scoring, 31st in field goal percentage and 38thin turnover margin. Individually, Barlow ranks 55th in assist/turnover ratio,while Slim Magee ranks 38th and 46th in blocks per game and total blocks. JordanTalbert ranks 53rd and 55th in the same two categories.  

TheLions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season whenthe Lions have scored 90+ points (6-0), allowed 69 points or less (4-0), outshoot opponents (9-0), make more three's (3-0), have more assists (8-0), getmore bench points (6-0), and when the game is decided by 20 or more points(6-0). But would you believe the Lions are also perfect when the followinghappen: play on the road (6-0), have more turnovers (5-0), attempt (3-0) andmake (6-0) fewer free throws, and have fewer steals (3-0) than their opponents. 

Passing1,000: MarquisAddison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 pointsagainst Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,316 points, moving infront of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needs63 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 398 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, 1999 againstMissouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 34-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 head back home, playing host to Lindenwood next Wednesday andLincoln on Jan. 18.  

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