Men's basketball falls 99-82 at Division I Arkansas in final exhibition slate

Fayetteville, Ark. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team outscored Division I Arkansas 45-42 in the second half, but a 20-point first-half deficit was too much to overcome and the Razorbacks defeated the Lions 99-82 tonight in Southern's final exhibition game of the season.

Southern was led in scoring by Greg Renfroe with 12 points and ten rebounds for a double-double. Marquis Addison scored 11 points and added four assists and three steals, while Matt Everson scored ten points on 4-6 scoring.

Arkansas had five in double-figures, led by 14 poitns from Coty Clarke and 13 each from Bobby Portis and Rickey Scott. 

The Lions scored the game's opening bucket as Jordan Talbert stepped into a three pointer on Southern's opening possession. The Lions led 6-4 after a three from Cameron Cornelius, but the Razorbacks went on a 23-5 run to go up by 16 (27-11) with just under 13 minutes left in the half. 

Southern cut the lead to eight twice in the half, once at 33-25 with 8:50 left to go and again at 35-27 with 6:48 to go in the half. Arkansas went to work from then on, though. The Razorbacks closed the half on a 22-10 run and went into the locker room up 57-37. 

Talbert had nine points in the half, while Everson added eight on 3-3 shooting. 

A 9-0 run by the Lions in the second half cut the Arkansas lead to 11 (60-49) after a three from Cornelius with 16:59 left in the second half. Arkansas then went on a 12-1 run and pushed the lead to 22 on a three pointer from Kikko Haydar. The lead reached 23 (78-55) on a pair of freebies from Mardacus Wade with 10:10 left in the game and the lead would be its largest at 25 after a free-throw from Jacorey Williams. 

The Lions closed the game on an 11-3 run. 

Southern led the battle in the paint with a 42-36 advantage and also had a 19-16 lead in second-chance points. The Lions shot 43 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range, while making 70 percent of their free-throws.

Southern will open up the regular season on November 8 with a game at the Division II Tip Off in Las Vegas facing off with St. Mary's (Texas).