#21 Lions avoid third-straight loss, MSSU beats Rogers State
Cam Martin scores game-high 30 points in Lion's 88-82 win Saturday
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Cam Martin scored 30 and the 21st ranked Missouri Southern men’s basketball team took out visiting Rogers State 88-82 on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (4-2, 4-2 MIAA) was led by Martin’s night with 30 points on 9-of-14 from the field and 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Martin added eight rebounds and three assists to go with a pair of blocks.
RSU (1-3, 1-3 MIAA) had four in double-figures, led by 21 from Jett Sternberger.
The Lions jumped out to a 6-1 early lead before RSU rattled off six-straight points to go up 7-6 with 16:22 left in the first half. The Hillcats led 21-16 with 11:31 to go when back-to-back threes from Dessesow and Lawson Jenkins pushed the Lions back on top 22-21 with 10:32 on the clock.
Another three from Dessesow a minute later increased the Lions’ lead to four (25-21), but a three from RSU with 6:17 on the clock put the Hillcats up 30-29 with 6:17 to go, a lead they would not give up for the rest of the half as Southern trailed 45-42 at the break.
Both teams traded baskets to start the second half. A jumper from Martin with 16 minutes to go gave the Lions a 54-43 lead, but the Hillcats answered with a three the next rip down to go right back on top.
RSU led 58-54 with 15 minutes to go, but a pair of freebies from Martin with 11:33 on the clock put Southern back on top 64-63. RSU tied it at 72 with 7:48 on the clock, but a layup from Jenkins with 4:55 left put the Lions back on top 76-74 and the Lions would not relinquish the lead.
A huge block from Bundy with time winding down started a fast-break that led to a pair of free throws from Jenkins to push the Southern lead to six (88-82) which proved to be the final tally.
The Lions shot 52 percent from the field and 91 percent from the free throw line. The Lions had a 38-22 advantage in the paint and out rebounded the Hillcats 40-23, including 12-5 on the offensive boards. The game featured 11 lead changes and 12 times with a tie.
Southern will be back in action on December 17 when the Lions play host to Northwest Missouri. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.