Joplin, Mo. -- Jason Adams scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Missouri Southern men's basketball team to a 75-53 season opening win over visiting Northeastern (Okla.) State tonight.
The 22 point margin was the largest in the series history for the Lions (1-0). Adams went 9-16 from the field to lead Southern, as Skyler Bowlin added13 points and seven assists. Keane Thomann had 15 points and seven rebounds while Marquis Addison had 11 points and three steals.
Northeastern (0-2) was led by 16 points from Dominique Gaines, while Justin Johnson scored 13.
Southern had two separate six point leads in the first half, the last coming at the 11:36 mark when a jumper from Addison made the score 21-15. NSU tied the score at 25 and took a three point lead after a three from Dee Willis with three minutes to go. The Lions, however, went on an 8-0 run to end the half up 35-30 going into the locker room.
Southern pushed its lead to 11 just over a minute into the second half on a fast-break dunk from Adams. The lead grew to 18 after a three from Adams made the score 54-36 with 12:23 to go in the game. The Lions' largest lead of the night was 26 (65-39) after a layup from Rich Borries.
The Lions forced 20 NSU turnovers and scored 27 points off of the miscues and Southern dominated the RiverHawks in the paint 44-22.
The Lions will be back in action this weekend, playing host to the Freeman Sports Medicine/Chris Tucker Memorial Classic. Southern faces off with Central Bible on Friday at 7 pm and will tangle with College of the Ozarks at 7 pm on Saturday.