Bolivar, Mo. -- The 14th ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team fell down by as many as 21 with 1:49 left in the first half and despite eight-straight points from Jason Adams to end the half, the Lions couldn't overcome the early deficit and fell 86-74 at Southwest Baptist.
Southern (16-5, 8-5 MIAA) got 22 points from Adams on 8-14 shooting, 6-9 from long range. He added five rebounds in 36 minutes of play. Keane Thomann scored 22 points, as well, on 11-14 shooting, while Marquis Addison scored 12 points and six assists.
SBU (13-9, 6-7 MIAA) was led by 25 poitns from Ryan Dougherty and 24 points from Robson Memnon. Kyle Sloan scored 17 points.
The Lions started the game at the free throw line as the Bearcats were whistled for a technical for a dunk in pre-game warm ups. Addison made one of two of the freebies. The game was tied at 13 after a layup from Thomann with 13:50 left in the first half. The Bearcats led by 12 (34-22) after a three from Sloan with 4:22 left in the half and led by 21 (43-21) with 1:49 left when Adams caught fire. After a free-throw from Morgan Smith to cut the lead to 20, Adams connected on a jumper with 1:11 left, and two-straight three's, including one at the buzzer to cut the SBU lead to 12 (43-31) at the half.
Another three from Adams to start the half got the Lions to within nine and a three from Addison with 14:15 left in the game, brought the Lions to within five (53-38). That would be as close as Southern would get, however.
The Lions shot 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from behind the arc, but made just 4-10 free-throws in the first half and took none in the second half. They made a season-high 12 three pointers in the game and had 21 assists on 29 made shots.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, traveling to Jefferson City to take on Lincoln at 7:30 pm.