Russellville, Ark. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team utilized 20 second half points in the paint, as well as 17 points off of turnovers to pull out a 58-50 win at Arkansas Tech tonight.
The Lions (4-3) shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half and went into the locker room trailing by six. Neither team shot particularly well as both squads went without a bucket for the final five minutes of the half.
ATU (2-3) shot only 30 percent from the field in the first half, but led for the entirety of the period.
The Lions came out of the locker room and made their first six shots and erased what was an eight point lead. A layup from Marquis Addison at the 13:20 mark of the second half gave Southern a 35-33 lead and the Lions never trailed from that point on.
Tech cut the lead to one (41-40) at the nine minute mark and trimmed it to two twice more, but an 8-2 run capped off by a fast-break layup from Addison with just more than a minute remaining gave the Lions an eight point lead (52-47). The Lions' lead would be as much as 11, before a late Tech three made the final tally, 58-50.
Addison led all scorers with 18 points on 6-10 shooting and a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. Jordan Talbert scored 15 and pulled in nine rebounds as he went 5-9 from the field and 5-7 from the charity stripe. RJ Leverette scored 10 and pulled down seven rebounds. Greg Renfroe had five points and nine boards.
The Lions shot 60 percent from the field in the second half after their cold showing in the first half. Southern held a 30-14 advantage in the paint and scored 21 points off of 16 ATU turnovers.
Southern will be back in action on Tuesday evening when the Lions will play host to Central Bible at 7 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.