Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team will head west to Pittsburg to compete in the Pittsburg State Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Lions will face off with Avila on Friday evening and will take on Bethany on Saturday.
Date: Friday/Saturday Nov. 22-23, 2013
Tip-Off: 6 pm and 1 pm
Location: Pittsburg, Kan.Site: John Lantz Arena (3,500)
Series Record: vs. Avila (9-0) Bethany (0-0)
Coaches: Robert Corn (390-300 overall/at MSSU) Rodney Perry (40-49, at Avila/overall) Clair Oleen (267 wins/21 seasons)
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MIAA Team Ranks:The Lions rank second in the MIAA in both scoring defense (59.5) and steals per game (8.0), while ranking third in offensive rebounds, fourth in field goal defense and fifth in blocks.
Leggett & Platt Attendance:The Lions averaged 1,745 fans per game last season at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. That number ranked 15th nationally and is the third season in a row for Southern to rank in the top 20 nationally as the Lions were ranked 17th a season ago, averaging 1,923 fans per game. The Lions were ranked 18th nationally two seasons ago, averaging 1,801 fans per game.
MIAA Individual Ranks: Marquis Addison ranks 15th in the MIAA in scoring, while Cameron Cornelius and Jordan Talbert rank 24th. Talbert is second in rebounding, while leading the league in offensive rebounds and ranking sixth in blocks and fifth in minutes. Greg Renfroe ranks 12th in rebounding, while Slim Magee is fourth in blocks and Addison, Corneilus and Matt Everson rank fourth in steals.
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 1,140 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.
Corn Moves Up Wins Ladder: Coach Robert Corn won his 380th career game against Central Bible and that moved him into fourth place on the MIAA career wins list, passing Truman's Boyd King (46-71). He now has 390 wins and is second among active coaches (Bob Chipman).
Three Point Streak: The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 23-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.