Pittsburg, Kan. -- Skyler Bowlin scored 30 and the 11th ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team won on the road at Pittsburg State tonight, 90-78.
Southern, (18-2, 14-2 MIAA) who had clinched an MIAA Tournament berth with a loss by Emporia State last night at SBU, retains a one-game lead in the MIAA standings and earns the point in the Sonic Trophy Series standings as PSU can not catch the Lions in the standings.
The Lions were led in scoring by Bowlin's 30, as the senior went 6-11 from the field and went 14-16 from the free-throw line and 4-7 from long range. Keane Thomann scored 21 on 10-16 shooting, while Jason Adams scored 16 and Marquis Addison added ten.
Pitt (12-9, 8-9 MIAA) was led by Andra Bailey's 25-point, 18-rebound performance. Logan Jones, JaVon McGee and Eric Marshall all scored 11 points.
Both teams traded baskets to start the game, before a three from Addison gave Southern a 10-7 lead at the first media timeout. The lead moved to 20-13 at the next media timeout, as a layup from TJ Williams gave the Lions a seven-point cushion. A pair of freebies from Addison made the score 30-19 with 5:25 left to go in the half. A bucket by Addison with ten seconds left made the score 37-29 at the half.
Southern opened up a ten-point lead (48-38) just a little over four minutes into the second half, forcing a Pitt State timeout and a bucket from Adams out of the timeout made the score 50-38. A three from Bowlin with five minutes left made the score 74-62, Lions, forcing a PSU timeout. The Lions lead reached as high as 14.
Southern shot 56 percent from the field and 64 percent from long-range, while making 83 percent of its free-throws. The Lions forced 14 PSU turnovers and held the Gorillas to just 9.1 percent from beyond the three-point line.
The Lions will head back home this Saturday, as Southern plays host to Emporia State at 7:30 pm in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.