Pittsburg, Kan. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team raced out to a big lead and cruised to a 108-67 win tonight over Avila in game one of the Pittsburg State Classic at John Lance Arena.
Southern (3-1) was led in scoring by Marquis Addison's 22 points. He went 8-11 from the field and 4-6 from long range in the game. Slim Magee had 14 points and Austin Wright scored 12, while Devin Spencer added a career-high ten points and seven rebounds.
Avila (0-4) had three players in double-figures led by 18 points from Sedrick Johnson.
The Eagles scored the games first point when Johnson hit a jumper to go up 2-0 early on. That would be the only lead of the half for Evangel. Addison hit a three on the Lions' next possession and Southern would run its early lead to 26-4 after a three pointer from Wright with 11:05 left in the half.
A three from Addison with 8:22 left in the half gave the Lions a 36-10 lead and a dunk from Spencer pushed Southern's lead to 40-10 with 6:34 left in the half. The Lions went into the locker room with a 54-30 lead at the half.
Avila scored the first points of the second half, as well, but the Lions answered back and were soon up by 31 (68-37) after a layup from Everson with 15:03 in the second half. The Southern lead was 35 (80-45) after a free throw from Magee with 11:01 to go and a jumper from Wright with 2:09 left to go made the lead 45 (102-57).
Southern shot 65 percent from the field and 42 percent from long range. The Lions forced 15 turnovers for Avila and scored 22 points off of the miscues. Southern had 67 points off the bench tonight. The 108 points are the most for the Lions in a game since 107 against Lincoln in 2011-12.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow, taking on Bethany at 1 pm in the final game of the tournament.