Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will travel to Sprinfield tonight to open up the 2013-14 season with a 7 pm exhibition against the Missouri State Bears from JQH Arena.
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
Tip-Off: 7:35 p.m., CT
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: JQH Arena (11,000)
Series Record: MSU leads 2-0
Coaches: Robert Corn (388-299 overall/at MSSU). Paul Lusk (27-38, at MSU, 29-61 overall).
MSSU Radio: FM 97.9 Big Dog Mike McClure, Play-by-Play
Video Webcast: None
Live Stats: livestats.prestosports.com/mssu
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Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball
Preseason MIAA Poll: The Missouri Southern men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the coaches poll and ninth in the media poll as the MIAA released its preseason polls last week. The Lions received a first-place vote in each poll. Southern returns its entire team from a season ago, with the exception of senior center Bryan Adams. Adams suffered a leg injury last month and will miss the entire season. The Lions return All-MIAA performers in Marquis Addison and Jordan Talbert and welcome in a talented crop of newcomers.
25th Season: Head coach Robert Corn enters his 25th season as head coach at his alma mater. He has guided the Lions to 20 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament berths, 15 in a row, and four trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament, including two of the last three seasons in which the Lions have combined to go 61-28. He is a three-time MIAA Coach of the Year winner. He sits just 12 wins from 400 in his career.
New Faces (coach edition): Ronnie Ressel has moved from the men's to women's program at Missouri Southern. Jeff Boschee was elevated to Associate Head Coach for the men, and Boschee's former KU teammate Nick Bradford was hired as the Lions' second assistant.
Passing 1,000: Marquis Addison became the newest member of the 1,000 point club at MSSU with 20 points against Central Missouri last season. He currently has 1,117 points, pushing him ahead of both Edin Santiago and Carlos Escalera for 13th all-time in scoring at Southern. He is the fourth Lion in the past three seasons to pass 1,000, joining Jason Adams, Skyler Bowlin and Keane Thomann.