Joplin, Mo. -- Skyler Bowlin tied a career high with eight three's and set a new career high with 12 assists as the 11th ranked Missouri Southern basketball team defeated Emporia State, 95-72 tonight at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (20-2, 16-2 MIAA) wins game No. 20 on the season for the first time since the 2002-03 season. The Lions also put another game in-between themselves and Fort Hays State as the Tigers lost on the road at Central Missouri today giving Southern a two-game lead in the MIAA.
Bowlin scored 30 points on 9-15 shooting, including 8-13 from the three-point line and 4-4 from the charity stripe. He tied his own school record with eight three's in a game, while going over 200 in his career at Southern (now 201). Bowlin also went over 1,500 points in his career as he now has 1,512.
Jason Adams scored 21 as he dazzled the crowd with an array of dunks on the night. He went 8-14 from the field and 4-6 from the free-throw line, while pulling down nine rebounds. Keane Thomann had 20 points and six rebounds.
Emporia (11-13, 8-10 MIAA) was led in scoring by Adam Holdhaus with 21 points on 8-11 scoring. Michael Tyler scored 17 and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Southern jumped out to a 15-8 lead after a three from Bowlin as the senior hit his first five three pointers in a row. The lead was 14 after another three from Bowlin made the score 33-19 with 8:24 left. Another three from Bowlin, his sixth of the half, made the score 49-30 with just under two minutes left.
The Lions' lead was as high as 24 in the second half after another three from Bowlin made the score 68-44 with 15:35 to go. The Hornets trimmed the Lions' lead to 12 (85-73) after a free-throw from Tyler, but that would be as close as they would get.
Southern shot 57 percent from the field and 48 percent from long-range, while making 78 percent of its free-throws. The Lions led from start to finish in the game.
Up next for Southern will be a road trip to Kansas as the Lions will travel to Washburn on Thursday and will finish up the road swing with a game at Fort Hays a week from tonight.