Big second half lifts Newman over Missouri Southern 67-50

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern basketball team took a 26-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, but Newman outscored the Lions 42-24 in the second half en route to a 67-50 win over Southern in the Pizza Hut/Fairfield Inn Thanksgiving Classic at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center tonight. 

MSSU (3-2) was led offensively by 16 points and five rebounds from Tatianna Washington, while Kelby Fritz scored 13. Erin Rice had eight points and five rebounds, whiel Dysyan Malone scored seven. 

Newman (5-1) got a huge game from Satoria Bell as she scored 37 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while going 14-27 from the field and 8-9 from the free throw line. Tasha Cannon scored 11 points. 

The Jets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two quick buckets from Voronenko, but back-to-back buckets from Washington evened the score at 4 just three minutes into the game. Newman's lead reached four points twice more, the last time at 12-8 after a jumper from Bell with 13:52 left to go in the first half, but the Lions took a 13-12 lead after a three pointer from Fritz with 11:46 left in the half. Both teams traded leads for the remainder of the half with a free-throw from Rice giving the Lions a 26-25 lead at the break. 

Neither team scored in the second half until a free-throw from Fritz after a Newman technical foul and a jumper from Washington gave the Lions a 29-25 lead with 18:00 minutes left in the game. A layup from Malone made the Lions' lead 32-27, but Newman went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes to take a 45-36 lead with 10:40 left in the game. 

The lead reahed 14 after a layup from Bell made the score 53-39 with six minutes left in the game. Newman's lead got as much as 18 and the Lions cut the deficit back to 10 after a pair of free-throws from Washington, but would not get any closer. 

Southern was out rebounded 36-30, but 11 Newman offensive rebounds led to 10 points for the Jets. Newman scored 20 points off of 24 Lions turnovers and the game was tied eight times with six lead changes. 

The Lions will conclude the classic tomorrow afternoon with a game at 3 pm against Arkansas-Fort Smith. UAFS defeated Evangel 77-59 in the earlier game.