Kansas City, Mo. -- Missouri Southern senior forward Slim Magee tied an MIAA Tournament record with 20 rebounds as the Lions won 87-79 over Nebraska-Kearney in the quarterfinals of the 2014 MIAA Basketball tournament inside Municipal Auditorium.
Magee scored 24 points and tied an MIAA Tournament record with 20 rebounds as the Lions (22-5) went on a 19-10 run to end the game. The 20 rebounds ties Jeff Hutcheon of Northwest Missouri (1987) and Andy Berlin of Washburn (1995) for the most in a single game. Magee went 10-12 from the field and 4-5 from the free-throw line. The 20 rebounds is a career-high for Magee breaking his previous of 18 set this season against Lindenwood.
UNK (15-13) was led by 27 points from Mike Dentlinger on 10-18 from the field. Connor Beranek scored 18 and Ethan Brozek had 14 with 10 rebounds.
Southern jumped out to an 11-4 lead after a three pointer from Talbert at the 16:10 mark of the first half. A layup from Beranek with 11:28 left in the half tied the game at 15 and a dunk from Beranek with 10:51 left in the half gave the Lopers a 20-15 lead. The UNK lead would be seven (28-21) after a layup from Brozek, but a three from Austin Wright capped a 7-0 run by the Lions that tied the game at 28 with 6:47 left in the half. Both teams traded baskets to round out the half and the Lopers led 39-38 at the break.
The game was tied at 57 after a dunk from Beranek with 11:39 left in the second half and the Lopers led by five (62-57) after a layup from Dentlinger with 9:26 to go. The Lions led by two (68-66) after a three from Blaine Miller with 6:12 to go, but a three on the other end by Beranek gave the Lopers the lead right back. That would be the last lead UNK would see as back-to-back layups from Magee and a pair of freebies from the big man capped off a 6-0 run by Slim and the Lions led 74-69 with 4:49 left. The Lions' lead would be its largest (13) after a layup from Barlow with just over a minute to go made the score 85-72.
Southern shot 51 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line. The Lions had 19 assists on 32 made baskets and 13 offensive rebounds led to 17 second-chance points. Southern had a 42-33 advantage on the boards and the Lions' bench outscored the Lopers 16-10.
The Lions will be back in action on Saturday evening as Southern will face off with Northwest Missouri in an 8:15 pm semifinal game.