Warrensburg, Mo. -- The 11th ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team trailed at the half and couldn't overcome the deficit falling 75-65 at Central Missouri tonight.
Southern (15-2, 11-2 MIAA) loses for just the second time this season and move into a tie with Fort Hays for first place in the MIAA as the Tigers' won at Nebraska-Omaha tonight.
Keane Thomann led the Lions in scoring with 17 points and five rebounds, while Marquis Addison and Jason Adams scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Adams extended his double-digit scoring streak to 44-straight games, but Skyler Bowlin's streak ended tonight as the senior scored just six points. It is also just the first time this season where someone other than Bowlin or Adams led the team in scoring.
Central (12-7, 7-6 MIAA) wins for the third time in a row and avenges an earlier loss at Southern this season. The Mules were led in scoring by Reggie Stallings with 23 points and nine rebounds. Boo Hunter scored 14, while Tyrone Young added 13.
The Lions scored the first five points of the game, but the Mules scored eight of the next ten points to lead 8-7 at the 15 minute mark of the first half. Southern took a one-point lead after a pair of free throws from Adams with 5:34 left in the half made the score 21-20. But a layup from Reggie Stallings the next trip down gave the Mules a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the half as the Lions went into the locker room down 34-30 at the half.
Central led by ten (54-44) at the 12 minute mark of the second half, but a layup from Bowlin with 7:49 left in the game made the score 58-54, Central. The lead for the Mules was ten again (67-57) after a three from Stallings with four minutes to go and that would be the final deficit.
The Lions shot 41 percent from the field to the Mules' 47 percent, but it was from behind the arc where Southern was hurt as Central made ten three's and the Lions went just 4-14 from long-range. Southern turned the ball over just 13 times to Central's 19 and the Lions scored 22 points off of the miscues.
The Lions will be back in action this Saturday evening, playing host to Southwest Baptist at 7:30 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.