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Lions make free-throws down the stretch and win 96-94 at Southwest Baptist



The MissouriSouthern men's basketball team made clutch free-throws down the stretch and theLions defeated Southwest Baptist 96-94 tonight at the Meyer Sports Center inBolivar. 

Southern(15-3, 9-2 MIAA) had five score in double-figures led by 16 points from JordanTalbert. He added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. LaneBarlow scored 15 on 5-8 shooting in his return to SBU, adding eight assistsand two steals. SlimMagee scored 15 points on 7-9 shooting and added nine boards, while MarquisAddison and GregRenfroe scored 13 each. Renfroe added seven rebounds, while AustinWright went 4-8 from long-range for 12 points on the night. 

SBU (10-9,3-7 MIAA) was led offensively by Desi Barmore with 22 points on 8-16 shooting.Preston Guiot and Menas Stephens scored 17 points each. 

Barlow scoredthe game's first points on a three in the Lions' first possession. Anotherthree from Barlow, this time with 17:33 left gave the Lions a 10-4 lead. Ajumper from SBU's Tate Larsen made the score 12-11, Lions with 14:46 to go andthe Lions led 20-15 with 11:38 left on a MattEverson jumper. The Bearcats jumped ahead 23-20 after a jumper from RashadBrown-Petersen with 9:28 left in the half, but a three-point play from Renfroetied the score at 23 and back-to-back dunks from Renfroe and Talbert gave theLions a 27-23 lead with 7:28 left. 

Southern led37-31 after a layup from Magee with 3:26 to go and another layup from Magee,this time with 1:16 left gave the Lions a 44-37 lead, but a 3-0 run for theBearcats made the halftime score 44-40. Talbert scored ten in the half on 5-7shooting and the Lions shot 57 percent from the field in the half. 

The Lionsopened a 52-44 lead after a three-point play from CameronCornelius with 17:48 left, but a 12-4 run from the Bearcats tied the gameat 56 with 15:15 to go, forcing a Southern timeout. A jumper from Addison with11 minutes left gave the Lions a 70-67 lead and a bucket from Renfroe the nexttrip down made the Lions' lead 72-67 with 10:28 left, forcing an SBUtimeout. 

SBU tied thegame at 77 on a layup from Guiot with 7:38 on the clock, but a pair of freebiesfrom Cornelius the next trip down gave the Lions the lead back at 79-77.Back-to-back layups from Magee made the Lions lead 88-81 with 3:19 left andforced an SBU timeout. After a quick 4-0 run by the Bearcats, back-to-backbuckets from Magee again pushed Southern's lead to 92-85 with just under two togo. Free-throws from Magee, Barlow and Addison as time wound down sealed thewin for the Lions. 

The Lionsshot 59 percent from the field in the game and 41 percent from long range. Theyenjoyed a 54-46 advantage in the paint and Southern's bench out scored SBU32-21. 

Southern willbe back in action on Saturday when the Lions travel to Warrensburg to take onCentral Missouri. Tip off from the Multipurpose Building is scheduled for 3:30pm. 

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