Columbia, Mo. – A 21-4 run in the first eight minutes of the second half lifted the Missouri Tigers over the Missouri Southern men's basketball team this afternoon, 86-60 at Mizzou Arena.
The Lions were led by 19 points from junior guard Marquis Addison, who finished the game 6-11 from the field, including going 4-6 from the three point line. Guard Matt Everson added 10 more points for the Lions, while forward Jordan Talbert finished with four points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Missouri was led by 20 points off the bench from freshman Stephan Jankovich. He made 8-13 from the field and 3-4 from long range.
Starting off strong on the day, the Lions kept pace with the Tigers in the first half getting within four at 22-18 on a three-pointer by Stephen Atkinson. Keeping pace with the Tigers throughout the first half, an Addison three pointer plus another bucket from Addison cut a ten point Tigers lead in half making the game 38-33 with 2:11 remaining in the half. Addison made all four of his three-pointers in the first half and ended the half with 14 points, keeping the Lions in the game going into the locker room, down 42-33 at half.
Unfortunately, a 21-4 run in the first 8:20 of the second half by the Tigers did in the Lions as Southern was unable to fight back from that 63-37 deficit. Southern continued to fight in the second half, but the Tigers depth helped win out.
Southern shot 35 percent from the field and 38 percent from long range in the game, but the Tigers held a 40-18 advantage in the paint and 21-13 points off of turnovers.
The Lions will open up the regular season next Friday (Nov. 9) with a 7 pm game at home against John Brown in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.