Men's basketball heads to Lindenwood to start road swing

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Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will begin a two-game road swing Thursday night when the Lions head to St. Charles to take on Lindenwood University in a 7:30 pm tipoff. Southern will then face off with Lincoln on Saturday at 3:30 pm in Jefferson City. 

Southern's Last Time Out (7-4, 2-1 MIAA): The Missouri Southern men's basketball team made nine three pointers in the first half en route to tying a a school record with 15 in a single game dn the Lions defeated visiting Missouri Western 95-69 at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center tonight. Freshman Austin Wright set career highs in points, three's and attempts as he scored 19 off the bench to help lead the long-range attack for the Lions (7-4, 2-1 MIAA). Marquis Addison led all scorers with 22 points and ten rebounds as five different Lions scored in double-figures. Addison had foiur three pointers, while Wright had five. Stephen Atkinson scored 18 points with four three three's, while Jordan Talbert and Greg Renfroe scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. After the Griffons started the game on a 10-6 run, the Lions reeled off five-straight points to take an 11-10 lead. Western re-took the lead (21-16) at the ten minute mark, but the Lions tied it at 21 on a layup from Wright with nine minutes left and went ahead the next trip down on a layup from Talbert. Southern closed the half on a 23-10 run to go into the locker room up 48-35. Southern shot 58 percent from the field in the game and 63 percent from long range making 15-24 from beyond the arc, tying the school record set back in 2003 against St. Gregory's. The Lions scored 32 points in the paint and 30 points off of 17 Western turnovers. The Lions' bench out scored Western 36-22. 

Lindenwood's Last Time Out (8-2, 1-2 MIAA): The Lindenwood men's basketball team led for all but 2:30 in the team's first ever MIAA conference win. The Lions beat the Truman Bulldogs 96-82 on Saturday afternoon in front of a large crowd at the Hyland Arena.Lindenwood scored the first five points of the game followed by the Bulldogs scoring the contest's next seven points to take the lead. Truman extended the lead to four at the 14:50 mark. Following the visitors brief run the Lions took control of the game.Lindenwood spent the next seven minutes outscoring the Bulldogs 19-6 to take the lead by nine. Truman was able to get the Lindenwood lead down to three with 3:47 to go but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get for the rest of the game. The teams headed into the halftime break with the Lions leading by 14.

The Coaches: In his 24th season as head coach at Missouri Southern, Robert Corn has guided the Lions to 19 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths (14 straight) and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament.  The 1999-00 Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year, he holds a career record of 382-287 (.559) at Southern, and is the winningest head coach in Lions basketball history. A 1978 graduate of Southern, he has led Southern to eight 20-win seasons. His 1999-2000 team went 30-3 and advanced to the NCAA-II Elite Eight semifinals. Corn is fifth on the all-time MIAA wins list and third among active MIAA coaches. He is a three-time MIAA Coach of the Year winner, including a unanimous selection in 2010-11. 

Former Saint Louis University head coach Brad Soderberg is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Lindenwood men's basketball team. He is in his 17th year as a collegiate head coach, including six at the NCAA Division I level. In just three years, Coach Soderberg has become the school's all-time winningest head coach with 80 wins. He also holds the school record in winning percentage with .808. Under Soderberg, the Lions have won 20 games in all three of his seasons as the head coach. After winning 20 games in 2011-12 it was the first time in school history that the team has won 20 games three seasons in a row. Lindenwood is 80-19 through three seasons under Soderberg and enters the 2012-13 season with a career record of 291-166. During his tenure, Soderberg's teams have an overall home record of 40-5. 

Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Lindenwood is in its first year as a member of the MIAA and is in its final year of re-classification from the NAIA to the NCAA.