December 12, 2009

Lions fall 87-76 at Northeastern State

Tahlequah, Okla. - After scoring just two points in the first half, Northeastern State's Jason Jones scored 25 in the second half and sparked a second half run that vaulted the Riverhawks past Missouri Southern 87-76 today in non conference action.

Southern (6-3) led 30-29 at the half and for just the first time this season, failed to win after leading at the half. The Lions are now 1-11 at NSU (5-3) and haven't won in Tahlequah since 1999. Mariun Price led the Lions with 17 points on 7-15 shooting, all off the bench. DaRell Crittendon scored 13 and added six rebounds, while Jason Adams scored 11 and brought down eight boards. Keane Thomann scored ten points, while Skyler Bowlin had nine points and seven assists.

The Riverhawks had four players in double-figures led by Jones' 27 points.

The Lions took their first lead of the game after a three from Adams made the score 14-12 with 9:39 left in the half. NSU re-took the lead and held the advantage until the final two minutes of the half, when a pair of free throws from Bowlin gave Southern a 27-26 advantage with 1:48 left. Southern took a 30-29 lead into the locker room at the break.

The Riverhawks came out of the locker room and a jumper from Jones put NSU on top 31-30 just nine seconds in. A jumper from Thomann on the next possession gave the Lions the lead back, but a three from Jones put NSU on top and the Riverhawks never looked back.

The NSU lead was as much as 17, twice, the last coming after a layup from Jones made the score 77-60 with 3:37 left.

Southern shot 44 percent from the field and the rebounds were nearly identical with NSU holding a 35-34 advantage. The Lions bench kept the team in the game tonight as Southern outscored NSU 38-15 in bench points.

The Lions will now have nine days off as Southern will next play host to Arkansas-Fort Smith a week from Monday on December 21 at 7:30 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.