#11 MSSU to host John Brown on New Year’s Eve

The Lions will play the Golden Eagles Tuesday evening.
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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

JOPLIN, Mo. –

The 11th-ranked Missouri Southern men’s basketball team wrap up the 2019 calender with a non-conference matchup against John Brown University Tuesday night. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 5:30 pm.

Game Information

Teams: #11 Missouri Southern (8-2, 2-0 MIAA) vs. John Brown (11-1, 2-0 SAC)
Date: Dec. 31, 2019
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. — Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series Record: Southern leads 12-3
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (109-55 overall/at MSSU – 6th year). Jason Beschta (157-111 overall/94-75 at JBU – 10th season)

Media Coverage

MSSU Radio: Mike McClure – Play by play – Fox Sports Joplin – 101.3, 107.9 FM, AM 1560 & 1340; KXMS 88.7 FM
Live Audio/Video/Stats – https://www.mssulions.com/coverage
Lions on Facebook:  Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball

The Series

Missouri Southern holds a 12-3 advantage in the overall series between the two schools. The Lions won the first seven games in the match up that dates back to the first season Southern played basketball. The Lions have averaged an 12.8 point margin of victory in their wins and JBU has a 3.3 point margin in its three wins.

MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in assists, rebound margin, scoring and total rebounds per game.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin leads the MIAA in free throw attempts and made, while ranking second in scoring, total field goals, total points and field goal percentage. Reggie Tharp is second in assist to turnover ratio.

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, rank rank 11th in both rebound margin and scoring margin, while ranking 14th in scoring, 15th in assist to turnover ratio, 18th in fewest turnovers per game and fewest turnovers, 21st in both fewest fouls and fewest fouls per game, 24th in field goal percentage, total rebounds, and three pointers per game, 25th in assists per game, 27th in defensive rebounds and 31st in turnover margin.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin is 19th in scoring, while ranking 31st in free throw attempts, 39th in free throws made, and 44th in both total field goals and total points. Reggie Tharp ranks 21st in assist to turnover ratio.

Streak Stopper

Coming into the 2018-19 Elyjah Clark had made a three pointer in 47-straight games, dating back to his freshman season. Clark, however, missed out on a three in the first game of the year, and ran another  streak to 37 games before he failed to make a three against Culver-Stockton this year.

Cam You Score A Lot? 

Cam Martin tied a MSSU single-game record with 49 points at Minnesota State in 2018-19. The mark tied Carl Tyler from 1984. Martin nearly set the NCAA Tournament scoring record against Washburn in 2019 as he finished with 46 points, eight off the record of 54.

Cam You Score A lot II

Cam Martin put himself amongst the Missouri Southern single-season scoring leaders as he became only the second Lion to ever score 700 or more points, joining Taevaunn Prince in that category last season. He finished with 720 which is the second most scored in a single-season at MSSU.

The Century Mark

Jeff Boshcee won his 100th career game at Missouri Southern against Washburn in the NCAA Tournament. He became the quickest to 100 wins in MSSU history. The previous mark was Frank Davis who reached 100 wins in 161 games. Boschee did it in 152 games.

Corndogs … Roary

The Lions have scored 100 or more points in three games this season, defeating Saint Mary 113-63, Culver-Stockton 110-46 and Arkansas Tech 105-88.

Three-Point Streak

The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. 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 215-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.

Perfection

For just the third time in program history, the Lions went perfect at home during the 2018-19 season (13-0). Only the 1969-70 (11-0) and the 1999-2000 (18-0) teams were also perfect at home. The Lions are 58-12 in Jeff Boschee‘s tenure at home.

Perfection II

This season, the Lions are perfect when the following things happen: playing at home, scoring 70-79 points, scoring more than 90 points, allowing fewer than 69 points, make more free throws, game is decided by 20 or more points and playing on  Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Three’s Company

The Lions broke the MSSU single-game 3-point record with 22 3’s against Washburn in the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19. The 22 3’s was one three-pointer off of the NCAA Tournament record of 23 in a single-game.

Home Sweet Home

Missouri Southern can count on some of the best fan support in Division II. This season, the Lions rank 9th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,680 fans per game. That number is second-best in the MIAA.

National Ranking

The Lions are ranked No. 11 in the NABC poll this week and 14th in the D2 SID’s Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 68 times, including 23-consecutive weeks at one time. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season).

Professional Lions

The Lions have nine former players playing professionally either in Europe or in the NBA’s G-League. Marquis Addison plays in Switzerland for Geneve, while Skyler Bowlin plays in Germany for S. Oliver Wuezburg. Cameron Cornelius plays in Romania for CSM Focsani, while Vincent Ateba plays in France for Orcheisien BC. Keane Thomann plays in Denmark for EBAA, while Enis Memic plays in Bosnia for Spars, while Jordan Talbert plays in Germany for Wolmirstedt. Taevaunn Prince plays in Spain for Ponferrada CDP. CJ Carr plays in the NBA’s G-League for the Iowa Wolves, an affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Record-Breaking Sniper

Junior Elyjah Clark already has the Missouri Southern single-season record for three pointers with 110. Clark broke the career record against Fort Hays State in 2018-19 and has 309 career three pointers now as a junior. With one season left to play, Clark now can target the MIAA record of 370.

Reachin’ A Grand

Elyjah Clark went over 1,000 points in his career with 18 points against Minnesota-Crookston in 2018-19. He currently has 1,519 in his career and was the 22nd person in MSSU history to crack the 1,000 point plateau. Clark has moved into 9th place all-time, passing Matt Olson against Northwest Missouri in the 18-19 season finale. Next up is Chris Tucker with 1,520 points for 8th place.

Reachin’ A Grand II

Kinzer Lambert went over the 1,000 point plateau last season and currently has 1,146 points in his career at Southern. He is the 23rd Lion to do so in the program’s history and sits at 16th place on the scoring list in MSSU history.

Elyjah For Three

Clark has the top-two single-season three-point totals in MSSU history and his 309 threes made in his three-plus year career rank first. His career three-point percentage of .394 is tied for third-best all-time, while he also tied the single-game record for three’s made with nine. He has the season and career record for three pointers per game, while also holding the MSSU season and career record for consecutive games with a three (47).

Up Next

The Lions will get back into MIAA play as Southern travels to Fort Hays State on January 4. Tipoff from Hays is slated for 4 pm.

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