Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern and University of Missouri basketball teams came together tonight in support of Joplin tornado relief and the 25th ranked (Division I) Tigers defeated the 4th ranked (Division II) Lions 114-68 in the One State, One Spirit Classic presented by Leggett & Platt.
The game was an exhibition that centered around generating money for the Missouri Southern Foundation Tornado Releif Fund. The largest crowd to ever see a basketball game at Southern (3,477) watched the Tigers race to a 47-23 lead at halftime and Mizzou scored 67 points in the second half.
Southern was led in scoring by Keane Thomann's 21 points and seven rebounds. Jason Adams, who was coming off of back surgery three weeks ago, played 25 minutes and scored 18 points on 8-13 shooting. Marquis Addison had 11 points and four rebounds, while Christian Salecich scored eight and dished out five helpers.
Mizzou had six players in double-figure scoring, led by 25 points from Marcus Denmon. Michael Dixon added 19, while Matt Pressey scored 18 and Ricardo Ratliffe chipped in 17.
The Tigers scored the game's first ten points before a layup from Thomann stopped the run. The lead was 16-2 before a dunk from Adams got the crowd on its feet. Southern cut the lead to 14 (24-10) after a jumper from Addison with just under nine minutes left and the lead was again 14 (34-20) with under four minutes, but the Tigers went on a 13-3 run to end the half.
Southern got as close as 23 in the second half, when a three-point play from Thomann made the score 73-50 with 11:58 to play. The Tigers answered back, however, and quickly pushed the lead back to 34 with a 13-2 run that made the score 86-52 just about three minutes later. The Missouri lead reached 50 (114-65) after a three from Jarrett Sutton, but a 4-0 run from the Lions to close it out made the final score 114-68.
The Lions shot 45 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free-throw line, but couldn't stop the hot hand of the Tigers as Mizzou shot 57 percent from the field and 54 percent from long range, making 13 from behind the three-point line.
Southern will be back in action on November 5, when the Lions play host to Missouri State University in the I-44 Hoops Classic, presented by Wendy's. The game will be a double-header with both men's and women's teams, tipping off at 5 pm from the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.