Pittsburg, Kan. -- Two different runs of 13-0 and another of 20-0 in the second half, helped the fourth ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team to an 88-47 win over Avila tonight in the Pittsburg State Classic at John Lance Arena.
Southern (4-0) was led offensively by Keane Thomann with 23 points and seven rebounds on 9-12 shooting from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Jason Adams scored 14 points, while Patrick Hester scored 13 and Christian Salecich added 11.
Avila (3-3) was led in scoring by Zach Smith's 11 points.
The Eagles scored the games first points, but the Lions' first 13-0 run gave Southern a 13-2 after a three pointer from Hester at the 14:04 mark in the first half. Avila got within four at 26-22 after a three from Austin Stockard with 4:32 left in the first, before another 13-0 run by the Lions capped off by another three from Hester made the score 39-22 at the half.
A three point play from Avila's Smith made the score 58-39 with 8:17 left in the second half. From that point, the Lions went on to rattle off 20-straight points and Southern led 78-39 with 4:41 left to go in the game.
The Lions shot 59 percent from the field in the game and 46 percent from long range, while knocking down 88 percent of their free-throw shots. Southern forced 30 Avila turnovers and scored 36 points off of the miscues. The Lions out scored Avila 38-18 in the paint.
Southern will be back in action tomorrow afternoon with a 1 pm game against Mid America Nazarene.