#22 MSSU to host Upper Iowa Wednesday

The Lions are aiming for their 10th straight win
#22 MSSU to host Upper Iowa Wednesday


The 15th-ranked Missouri Southern men’s basketball team will play host to Upper Iowa University on Wednesday as Southern finishes off the last of two games in a six-game home stand. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for noon.

Game Information

Teams: (22/15) Missouri Southern (9-1, 2-0) vs. Upper Iowa (5-5, 2-3 NSIC)
Date: December 18, 2018
Tip-Off: 12 PM
Location: Joplin, Mo
Site: Robert Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: First-ever meeting
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (85-46 overall/at MSSU – 5th year). Brooks McKowen (93-65/overall at UIU – 6th year)

Media Coverage

MSSU Radio: Mike McClure – Play by play – Fox Sports Joplin – 101.3, AM 1560 KXMS 88.7 FM
Internet Audio: http://www.mssulions.com
Live Video: http://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: https://mssulions.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary
Lions on Facebook: Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball

The Series

This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, rank fourth in scoring margin, three point defense and field goal percentage. Southern ranks sixth in scoring, while ranking seventh in defensive rebounds per game. The Lions rank 13th in three pointers per game, assists and assist to turnover ratio, while ranking 20th in total assists, 22nd in total rebounds per game, 23rd in total three pointers made, 28th in three point attempts and 40th in total rebounds.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin ranks third in field goal percentage, while ranking 15th in total field goals made and 16th in scoring. Martin ranks 23rd in total points and double-doubles, 29th in free throws made and 40th in free throws attempted. Reggie Tharp is fourth in assist to turnover ratio, while ranking 40th in total steals and total assists, and 44th in assists per game. Kinzer Lambert ranks 37th in three pointers per game, while Elyjah Clark ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted and 49th in total three pointers made.

MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in assists per game, defensive rebounds per game, field goal percentage, scoring, three point defense and total rebounds per game. Southern ranks second in three point attempts, scoring margin, three pointers per game, total assists and total rebounds. The Lions rank third in assist to turnover ratio, offensive rebounds per game, fewest fouls per game, and total three pointers made.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin leads the MIAA in field goal percentage, free throw attempts, and total field goals made. Elyjah Clark leads the league in three point attempts and minutes, while Reggie Tharp leads the league in steals per game and assist to turnover ratio. Martin ranks second in free throws made, double-doubles, total points and scoring, while Lambert is third in three pointers per game, and Martin is third in rebounds per game.

Preseason No. 1

The Lions were picked number one in the MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll this season.

Strength of Schedule

Southern currently is ranked 5th in the Massey Division II College Basketball Ratings. The Lions have the third-best strength of schedule in Division II as far as future opponents remaining, meaning the Lions have the third-toughest schedule remaining in D2.

Streak Stopper

Coming into the 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 nine.

Cam You Score A Lot?

Cam Martin tied a MSSU single-game record with 49 points at Minnesota State. The mark tied Carl Tyler from 1984. Coincidentally, in his second game as a Lion, former guard CJ Carr scored 47 points against the same Minnesota State team two years ago.

National Ranking

The Lions number 22 in the NABC Poll and are ranked 15th in the Media Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 57 times, including 23 consecutive weeks. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season).

Coach of the Year

Jeff Boschee was named the 2018 MIAA Coach of the Year. Boschee has coached the Lions to a 20-win season for the second time in his four-year career. Last year, the Lions were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches poll and the Lions finished the season second overall with two wins over regular-season MIAA Champ Northwest Missouri.

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 184-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.

Dunk You Very Much

The Lions had nine dunks in the game against Baptist Bible on 11/29.

Records Abound

The Lions broke or tied four school records in the 137-50 win over Baptist Bible. Southern tied the school record for points in a game (137) and field goal attempts (95), while breaking the records for rebounds (77) and assists (37).

Three’s Company

The Lions shattered the previous MSSU school record for three pointers in a game against Randall last year as Southern made 20 three pointers against the Saints. The previous record of 15 was set in 2003 against St. Gregory’s.

Home Sweet Home

Missouri Southern can count on some of the best fan support in Division II. This season, the Lions rank 11th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,542 fans per game. That number is fourth in the MIAA.

Holy Points Batman

The Lions scored 137 points against Baptist Bible to tie a school record. It was the most points since the scored 110 last year against Randall were the most the team has scored since they scored 113 against Southwest Baptist in 2014.

Super Tuesday

The Lions are 2-0 on Tuesday’s this year and a perfect 8-0 in Jeff Boschee ‘s tenure.

Corndogs Jackie

Southern is averaging 94 points per game this season and the Lions have topped the century mark three times, including two of the last three games.

Overtime’s A Charm

For the third-straight time, the Lions and Minnesota State needed overtime to settle the score. The Lions won 100-98 this year and have won two of the three overtime games in the last three years between the two teams.

Records Watch

Sophomore Elyjah Clark had the Missouri Southern single-season record for three pointers as a freshman with 89 and broke that record last year with 110. Clark has 229 career threes, passing Skyler Bowlin for second all-time against Central Oklahoma. He is well over three-quarters to the career record of 265 set by Austin Wright.

Reachin’ A Grand

Elyjah Clark went over 1,000 points in his career with 18 points against Minnesota-Crookston in the Puerto Rico Tournament. He currently has 1,079 in his career and is the 21st person in MSSU history to crack the 1,000 point plateau. Clark moved into 19th on the scoring list and is one point behind CJ Carr for 18th.

Elyjah For Three

Clark has the top-two single-season three-point totals in MSSU history and his 229 threes made in his two-plus year career rank second. His career three-point percentage of .422 is second-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).

Lions On The Radio

The majority of the Lions games this season can be heard on the Missouri Southern Radio Network in Joplin. Southern is partnering with Fox Sports Joplin, the Lions can be heard on 101.3 FM, 101.7 FM, 88.7 FM and AM 1560.

Lions on TV

All Missouri Southern conference home games will be brought to you live this season courtesy of KGCS TV in Joplin. Fans can catch the action over the air live on Digital Channel 22 as well as on local cable systems.

Up Next

The Lions will break for Christmas and will be back in action on New Year’s Eve against John Brown. Tip off is 5:30 pm.