Joplin, Mo. -- A 12-2 run over the final 4:36 lifted the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions over the Missouri Southern basketball team 74-72 tonight inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (2-1) led by eight (70-62) after a jumper from Greg Renfroe with 4:36 left in the game. Fort Smith (4-0) used a 10-2 run to tie the game at 72 on a dunk from Kenny Martin with 55 seconds left. Southern had the ball with 32 seconds to go, but a turnover gave UAFS possession with just over 30 seconds to go.
UAFS called a timeout, and then another, and out of the stoppage, the Lions would run isolation and Tramel White hit a running jumper with five seconds left to go ahead, 74-72. Southern had a chance at the end, but a jumper from Jordan Talbert would not go.
The Lions led by 11 (45-34) at the break and Southern had a 16-point advantage (50-34), its largest of the game, after a jumper from Renfroe a minute and a half into the second.
Marquis Addison led all scorers with 21 points on 8-11 shooting. He was 3-5 from long range and 2-3 from the free-throw line and added a rebound and two steals. Cameron Cornelius had 14 points and went 8-10 from the free-throw line, while Talbert scored nine and added ten rebounds, while dishing out five assists.
Fort Smith had three score in double-figures, led by 14 points from Seth Youngblood.
Southern shot 42 percent from the field and 79 percent from the free-throw line. They forced 22 UAFS turnovers and scored 20 points off of the errors. The Lions had a 40-36 advantage in the paint and held UAFS to 24 points below their season average.
Southern will be back in action this weekend as the Lions will travel to Pittsburg State to compete in the Pittsburg State Tournament. The Lions will face off with Avila on Friday at 6 pm and will take on Bethany at 1 pm on Saturday.