Hays, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team got 17 points and seven rebounds from Jordan Talbert, but a ten-point first-half deficit was too much to overcome as the Lions fell, 83-69 today at Fort Hays State.
Talbert scored 17 points on 7-11 shooting for the Lions (9-10, 4-7 MIAA) and he added two assists, three blocks and a steal in 32 minutes. Marquis Addison scored 14 points, while Blaine Miller and RJ Leverette added 11 points, each. Addison now has 959 points in his career at Southern.
Hays (13-6, 7-4 MIAA) had four score in double-figures, led by 18 points from both Lance Russell and Carson Konrade. Dwanyne Brunson added 16, while Craig Nicholson scored 15.
The Lions trailed 11-6 after a jumper from Hays' Russell with 14:39 left in the first half, but a 5-0 run capped off by a three from Miller with 13:29 left tied the game at 11. A jumper from Miller tied the game again at 13, but the Tigers opened up a ten point lead (32-22) after a three-point play from Nicholson with 4:48 to go in the half. A jumper from Miller as time expired made the halftime score 43-33.
A layup from Talbert with 16:10 left in the second half made the score 47-45 and another jumper from Miller cut the Tigers' lead to three (50-47) with 15:38 left. A thre-point play from Addison with 10:34 left in the game cut the lead to two (55-53), but that would be as close as the Lions would get. Hays went on a 10-0 run to go up 12 (65-53) with 7:59 left and the Tigers led by as many as 17 (74-57) after a jumper from Russell with 4:17 to go.
Southern shot 44 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line. The Lions forced 13 turnovers and scored 17 points off of the miscues and the Lions out scored Hays 17-14 in second-chance points.
The Lions will be back in action on February 7, playing host to Southwest Baptist at 7:30 pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.