Pittsburg, Kan. -- The fourth-ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team led just 31-30 at the half, but pushed ahead and scored 61 points in the second half, en route to a 92-83 win over Mid America Nazarene in the final game of the Pittsburg State Classic today.
Southern (5-0) was led by its dynamic duo of Jason Adams and Keane Thomann as the seniors scored 27 and 26 points, respectively. Adams went ahead of former Lion Chris Tucker last night on the all-time points scored list at Southern and with his 27 points today, now has 1,550 points in his career, good for fifth place. Thomann added ten rebounds, while Marquis Addison and Jordan Talbert had 16 and 15 points, respectively. Christian Salecich didn't score, but he had a game-high eight assists.
Mid America Nazarene (4-3) was led in scoring by Lukas Weigel with 21, while Rustin Dowd scored 20 and Conner Langrehr added 18 points.
Southern led 31-30 at the half and held just a one-point advantage at 37-36 after a layup from the Pioneers' Jacob French with 18:32 left. The Lions then went on a 12-4 run to push the lead to nine (49-40) after a pair of freebies from Adams with 15:44 left in the half. The lead was 13, the largest of the game, (69-56) after a pair of free-throws from Mike Thompson with 10:11 left.
After coming into the game shooting 60 percent from the field, the Lions shot 46 percent tonight. Southern shot 33 percent in the first half, but rebounded to shoot 66 percent in the second.
The Lions will be back in action on Tuesday when Southern travels to the Sprint Center to take on Northeastern State as part of the CBE Classic. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm and admission is free.