Southern men take out Truman 70-56 in MIAA opener

Kirksville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team raced out to a 22-6 lead early on and never looked back, winning 70-56 at Truman today in the team's MIAA opener. 

Southern (6-3, 1-0 MIAA) was led in scoring by 22 points from Marquis Addison as he went 5-12 from the field and 11-16 from the free-throw line. Jordan Talbert scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds.

Truman (3-4, 1-1 MIAA) was led in scoring by Tyler Anderson with 14 points, while Seth Jackson and Mike Carlson added 12 and 10 points, respectively. 

The Lions started strong, opening up on a 13-2 run after a pair of free throws from Addison at the 15 minute mark of the first half. The lead would reach 22-6 after a three pointer from Morgan Smith with 11:26 left in the half.

A jumper from Atkinson with 3:15 left in the half gave the Lions a 13 point lead (35-22), and three from Truman's Tom Norton the next trip down made the score 35-25. That would be the halftime score as neither team scored in the final three minutes of the half. 

Southern shot 47 percent in the first half, including 40 percent from long range. Addison ended up with 12 points at the half. 

A layup from RJ Leverette at the 15 minute mark of the second half upped the Lions' lead to 15 (47-32). The lead reached 18 (58-40) after a pair of free throws from Matt Everson with 10:30 left. 

Truman cut the lead to seven (60-53) after a layup from Cory Myers, but a pair of free throws from Addison gave the Lions back a nine-point lead (62-53). The Lions finished the game on an 8-3 run. 

The Lions shot 42 percent from the field and out scored the Bulldogs 34-24 in the paint. They scored 22 points off of 13 Truman turnovers and led the entire game. 

Southern will be off for Christmas break, but the Lions will return on December 29 playing host to Livin the Dream in an exhibition game at 2 pm