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No. 22 Men's basketball returns home to host Missouri Western Saturday

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Press Release MSSU: 

The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track thisSaturday when the 22nd ranked Lions play host to visiting Missouri Westerninside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. 

GameInformation

Teams: (22) MissouriSouthern (13-3/7-2 MIAA) vs.  Missouri Western (8-9, 3-6 MIAA)
Date: Saturday,Jan. 25, 2014
Tip-Off: 3:00pm
Location:Joplin, Mo.
Site:Leggett& Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: MWSUleads 43-41
Coaches: RobertCorn (401-302 overall/at MSSU). Brett Weiberg (8-9, overall and at MWSU)

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: MissouriWestern leads the overall series 43-41, however the Lions have won the lastnine out of 12 matchups.  Southern is 31-11 at home, but just 10-32 in St.Joseph. Southern defeated Western in the final regular season game of 2007in a winner take all game to gain a spot in the MIAA Tournament.Westerndominated the series from 1988-1999 when the Griffons won 16-of-21 games. TheLions, however, have won 17 of the last 28 games.

MIAATeam Ranks: TheLions lead the MIAA in scoring margin, scoring defense, field goal defense,blocks, and offensive rebound percentage. Southern is second in turnovermargin, steals and field goal percentage, while ranking third in rebounding,rebounding margin, assists and offensive rebounds, while ranking fourth indefensive rebounds, scoring offense and free-throw shooting and fifth inrebounding defense.

MIAAIndividual Ranks: MarquisAddison ranks 11th in the MIAA in scoring, while CameronCornelius ranks 27th. Addison ranks fourth in free-throw shooting andseventh in steals, while SlimMagee leads the MIAA in field goal percentage, while ranking fourth inblocks and 12th in rebounding. JordanTalbert ranks third in blocks and fifth in rebounding, while LaneBarlow ranks eighth in assists and 12th in assist to turnoverratio. RandyClark ranks eighth in assist to turnover ratio.    

NationalRanks: TheLions, as a team, rank eighth nationally in scoring margin and 12th in blocksper game. The Lions rank 16th in total blocks, while ranking 20th in both fieldgoal defense and win-loss percentage. They rank 22nd in free-throws made and24th in field goal percentage, while ranking 35th in scoring offense, 36th inasssists and 37th in free-throws attempted. Southern also ranks 48th in bothfree-throw percentage and scoring defense. 

TheLions are perfect when: Missouri Southern is perfect this season when theLions have scored 90+ points (6-0), allowed 69 points or less (7-0), out shootopponents (11-0), make more three's (3-0), and when the game is decided by 20or more points (7-0).   

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 1,376 points, moving infront of Russell Bland for 10th place all-time in scoring at Southern. He needsfour points to pass Terry Shumpert 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 Wins No. 400: CoachRobert Corn won his 400th career game on Jan. 15, 2014 in a 70-50 win at homeover Lindenwood He now has 401 wins and is second among active coaches (BobChipman). 

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 38-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. 

Here's Hoping HistoryRepeats Itself: This time last year when the Lions andGriffons faced off inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin,then freshman AustinWright led the attack from long-range as the Lions tied a school recordwith 15 three pointers in a 95-69 win.

LionsIn The D-2 Poll: Southern jumped back in the NABC Division II poll thisweek at the No. 22 spot. The Lions finished the 2011-12 season at  No. 23in the final poll. They started the season ranked No. 4 and moved up to No. 2and No. 1 before being ranked No. 7, No. 6, No. 14, No. 23, No. 16, No. 14, No.23, No. 19, No. 16, No. 10 and No. 16 last week. The No. 1 ranking was thehighest the program has ever been ranked. Southern has been ranked 55 times inthe program's history. The most consecutive weeks Southern has spent in thepoll is 23-straight weeks, which covers part of the previous two seasons. 

Up Next: TheLions will play back-to-back road games next week at Southwest Baptist onThursday and at Central Missouri on Saturday.  

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