#15 MSSU preps for Culver-Stockton
The Lions will host CSC Friday
JOPLIN, Mo. — RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:
The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team is back at home as the Lions will play host to Culver-Stockton College on Friday this week. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7 pm.
Teams: #15 Missouri Southern (4-1) vs. Culver-Stockton (2-6)
Date: November 29, 2019
Tip-Off: 7 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. – Robert Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series Record: Southern leads 3-1
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (105-54 overall/at MSSU – 6th year). Aaron Hill (18-22 overall/at CSC – 2nd year)
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These two teams have played just four times, but only once since 1972. The Lions won the last meeting in 2014 and lead the series 3-1.
MIAA Team Stat Leaders
The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in fewest fouls per game and total rebounds, while ranking second in assist to turnover ratio, defensive rebounds per game, fewest fouls, fewest turnovers, offensive rebounds per game, rebound margin, three pointers per game and fewest turnovers per game.
MIAA Individual Stat Leaders
Cam Martin leads the MIAA in free throws and free throw attempts, while ranking second in scoring and total points.
NCAA Team Stat Leaders
The Lions, as a team, rank fourth in fewest fouls per game, while ranking eighth in rebound margin, 13th in defensive rebounds per game, 16th in total rebounds, 21st in scoring margin, 23rd in fewest turnovers per game, 29th in assist to turnover ratio, 33rd in scoring defense and 35th in fewest turnovers.
NCAA Individual Stat Leaders
Cam Martin is 17th in D2 in scoring, while ranking 39th in free throw attempts.
Coming into last season 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, but has made a three in each game since, taking his current streak to 37.
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.
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 211-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.
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 54-12 in Jeff Boschee ‘s tenure at home.
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 13th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,437 fans per game. That number is second-best in the MIAA.
The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the NABC poll this week and 19th in the D2 SID’s Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 65 times, including 23 consecutive weeks. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season).
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.
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 last weekend and has 301 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 1,460 in his career and is 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 1,075 points in his career at Southern. He is the 23rd Lion to do so in the program’s history and sits at 22nd 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 301 threes made in his three-plus year career rank first. His career three-point percentage of .397 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).
The Lions will open up MIAA play next week as Southern plays host to Pittsburg State on Tuesday at 7:30 pm and then hosts Washburn on Saturday at 3:30 pm.
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