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Men's basketball heads to Hays to take on Tigers in first games of 2015

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The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will start off the new year with a trip to Hays, Kansas as the Lions will take on the Fort Hays State Tigers this Saturday at 4 pm. Tipoff from Gross Memorial Coliseum is slated for 4 pm.  


Game Information

Teams: Missouri Southern (8-4, 2-1 MIAA) at Fort Hays State (7-4, 1-2 MIAA) 

Date: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015
Tip-Off: 4:00 pm
Location: Hays, Kan.
Site: Gross Memorial Coliseum (6,814)
Series Record: Fort Hays leads 27-18
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (8-4 overall/at MSSU). Mark Johnson (275-118 overall/at FHSU)


Media Coverage

MSSU Radio: FM 99.7 KBTN - Mike McClure - Play-by-play
Internet Audiowww.mssulions.com
Webcastwww.mssulions.com
Live Stats: www.mssulions.com
Lions on Facebook:  Facebook.com/missourisouthernlions
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball


A look at the coaches: Jeff Boschee, MSSU - Jeff Boschee is in his first season as the head coach of the Missouri Southern basketball program after serving four seasons as an assistant and associate head coach. He was named the head coach of the Lions on July 1, 2014.  Since Boschee arrived at Southern, the Lions have gone 94-38, made four consecutive MIAA tournaments and had trips to three of the last four NCAA Division II postseason tournaments, while claiming the 2010-11 MIAA regular season championship, and the 2013-14 post-season tournament championship. The 2010-11 team set the MIAA record for conference wins in a season with 19. Under Boschee's leadership, former Lion Skyler Bowlin was the MIAA's Player and Defender of the Year in 2011. He was a first-team All-MIAA, All-Region and All-American selection, being named to three different All-America teams. He was also the Region Player of the Year and a finalist for the National Player of the Year. Bowlin signed a professional contract to play basketball in the German Pro League after completing his eligibility and has since moved on to playing in Denmark.

Mark Johnson enters his 14th season as head coach of the Fort Hays State University men's basketball program in 2014-15. He is the all-time coaching wins leader in FHSU history with a career record of 275-118 in 14 seasons, ranking among the top 20 active NCAA Division II men's basketball coaches in winning percentage (.702). Johnson has led the Tigers to six NCAA Tournament appearances in his time at FHSU.

The Series - Fort Hays holds a 27-18 advantage over the Lions. Prior to the 2007-08 season,  all of the games came when both teams were in the CSIC. Hays had won four in a row, before the Lions defeated the Tigers in the first-round of the 2014 NCAA Central Regional. The Tigers have had two separate streaks of five wins in a row. Southern dropped seven straight games from 1982 to 1985. The largest margin of victory for the Lions came on two consecutive games on Feb. 18, 1977 and Feb. 3, 1978 when Southern defeated the Tigers by identical 15 point margins. The largest margin of victory for the Tigers came in the 1987-88 season when Hays defeated Southern twice by the margins of 26 and 44 points. At home, Southern is 13-7 against the Tigers. The Lions are 4-16 in Hays and are 1-4 in neutral site games.  

New Coaches - Jeff Boschee along with assistant coach Nick Bradford who was on the staff last season, bring in former Missouri State coach Sam McMahon, as well as former Baker University guard Todd Johnston to round out the coaching staff. 

Defending Champs - The Lions won the 2014 MIAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City last year, defeating Nebraska-Kearney in the opener. The Lions beat Northwest Missouri in game two and won against Central Oklahoma in the Tournament Championship.  

Regional Appearance - The Lions made the program's fifth-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament last season when the team went to Mankato, Minn. and lost to eventual National Champion Central Missouri in the round of 32. The Lions have been to the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four seasons.    


Record Breakers - Junior shooting guard Austin Wright set two records for the Lions last year, breaking the single-season three point percentage mark (.493) and he also is the current career-leader in that category (.449). 

Three Point Streak - The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 65-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13. 

Fresh Faces - The Lions have five new players on the roster this year and two more that redshirted last season for the team. Charlie Brown, Terrence Pierce and Andrew Ballock are true freshmen, while Taylor LusterBruce Marshall and Taevaunn Prince transfer in from either junior college or four-year institutions. Both Prince and Brandon Pines practiced with Missouri Southern last year, but redshirt ed. 

Stingy Defense - The Lions have held their opponents to 71 points or under in six of their last seven games. Against Benedictine, Southern held the Ravens to 48 points, nearly 20 points below the season average for the No. 4 ranked team in the NAIA. The total is the lowest opponent output since the Lions held Central Bible to 39 points in 2012.  

Bench Scoring - The Lions' bench has outscored the opponent's bench in seven of the 12 games this season. Overall, Southern's bench has outscored the opponents 351-264.

Double-Double This - Taevaunn Prince has recorded three-straight double-double's in the Lions' last three games against Washburn, Culver-Stockton and Emporia State. Against Emporia State, both Prince and Lane Barlow had a double-double each. 

Perfect When - The Lions are perfect this year when they do the following things: score 90+ (3-0), allow 69 or fewer (5-0), make and attempt more free-throws (6-0), have more assists (5-0) and out shoot the opponents (7-0). 

NCAA Stat Leaders - The Lions, as a team, third in free throws made, while ranking fifth in free throw attempts. They also rank 55th in three point percentage. Individually Greg Renfroe ranks 36th in total blocks, while Lane Barlow ranks 41st in free throw attempts and 46th in free throws made. Taevaunn Prince ranks 48th in free throws made.   

MIAA Stat Leaders - The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in free throws made, while ranking second in free throw attempts. They rank third in blocks per game, free throw percentage, and three point defense, while ranking fourth in total blocks and total rebounds. The team ranks fifth in defensive rebounds, scoring margin, and scoring offense. Individually, Renfroe leads the league in offensive rebounds, while ranking second in total blocks and blocks per game. Barlow ranks second in free throws made, while prince ranks third. Barlow is fourth in free throw attempts, while Cameron Cornelius is fourth in minutes.

Up Next - Southern will be back in action on Jan. 8, playing host to Central Oklahoma. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm.  
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