Men’s basketball plays host to Southwest Baptist Wednesday

Press Release MSSU:

The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team will play host visiting Southwest Baptist Wednesday evening. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.

Game Information

Teams: Missouri Southern (15-9, 9-6 MIAA) vs. Southwest Baptist (10-14, 5-10 MIAA)

Date : Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (3,240)
Series Record: Southern leads 51-41
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (15-9 overall/at MSSU). Clark Sheehy (192-120 overall/10-14 at SBU)

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A look at the coaches: Jeff Boschee, MSSU – Jeff Boschee is in his first season as the head coach of the Missouri Southern basketball program after serving four seasons as an assistant and associate head coach. He was named the head coach of the Lions on July 1, 2014. Since Boschee arrived at Southern, the Lions have gone 101-43, made four consecutive MIAA tournaments and had trips to three of the last four NCAA Division II postseason tournaments, while claiming the 2010-11 MIAA regular season championship, and the 2013-14 post-season tournament championship. The 2010-11 team set the MIAA record for conference wins in a season with 19. Under Boschee’s leadership, former Lion Skyler Bowlin was the MIAA’s Player and Defender of the Year in 2011. He was a first-team All-MIAA, All-Region and All-American selection, being named to three different All-America teams. He was also the Region Player of the Year and a finalist for the National Player of the Year. Bowlin signed a professional contract to play basketball in the German Pro League after completing his eligibility and has since moved on to playing in Denmark.

Clark Sheehy will begin his first season on the Bearcat bench after being introduced as the 13th head men’s basketball coach at Southwest Baptist University on May 20, 2014. Sheehy comes to Southwest Baptist after spending the previous seven seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at John Brown University. Sheehy holds a career coaching record of 192-120 (.632) across nine seasons as head coach. Sheehy has coached six different All-Americans, while also coaching over 20 athletes that have moved on to play professional basketball While at JBU, Sheehy compiled a 154-77 record (.667), including leading the Golden Eagles to their first ever Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Tournament Championship in 2010 and their first regular season SAC Championship in 2013.

The Series – Southern leads the series 51-41 and has won eight of the last nine against SBU after dropping the previous nine games in a row against the Bearcats. This has been a series of streaks as from the 1976 season through the 1984-85 season, the series saw the two teams have streaks of six, seven then six again. SBU’s largest win streak was nine, while the Lions’ largest streak is nine done from the 98-99 season through the 2001-02 season. Southern is 31-16 at home, while 19-25 on the road and 1-0 in neutral site games. The 92 games played against SBU is the second-most games played against one school following the 93 vs. PSU.

Defending Champs – The Lions won the 2014 MIAA Basketball Tournament in Kansas City last year, defeating Nebraska-Kearney in the opener. The Lions beat Northwest Missouri in game two and won against Central Oklahoma in the Tournament Championship.

Record Breakers – Junior shooting guard Austin Wright set two records for the Lions last year, breaking the single-season three point percentage mark (.493) and he also is the current career-leader in that category (.461).

Record Breakers II – Wright is climbing the charts in career three pointers made at MSSU. He moved into the top five last week and currently sits in fourth at 158 career treys. He needs 67 to break Skyler Bowlin’s record of 224.

Record Breakers III – Wright broke the MSSU single-game three point record against Northeastern State when the junior hit nine as part of 28 points in the Lions’ 90-54 win.

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

Stingy Defense – The Lions have held their opponents to 71 points or under in 12 of their last 19 games. Against Benedictine, Southern held the Ravens to 48 points, nearly 20 points below the season average for the No. 4 ranked team in the NAIA. The total is the lowest opponent output since the Lions held Central Bible to 39 points in 2012.

Double-Double This Taevaunn Prince has six double-double’s this season. Against Emporia State, both Prince and Lane Barlow had a double-double each.

Perfect When – The Lions are perfect this year when they do the following things: score 90+ (4-0), have more assists (9-0) and out shoot the opponent (13-0).

NCAA Stat Leaders – The Lions, as a team, rank seventh nationally in free throws made, while ranking 16th in three point defense. They rank 14th in free throw attempts and 37th in free throw percentage. Individually, Austin Wright ranks seventh in three point shooting, while Taevaunn Prince ranks 25th in free throws made and 36th in free throw attempts. Greg Renfroe ranks 34th in total blocks and 36th in blocks per game.

MIAA Stat Leaders – As a team, the Lions lead the MIAA in free throw attempts and free throws made, while also leading in three point defense. The team ranks secon din free throw percentage, while ranking third in offensive rebounds per game and scoring offense. Southern ranks fourth in defensive rebounds per game, while ranking fifth in both field goal defense and total rebounds. Individually, Wright leads the league in three point shooting, while Prince leads the MIAA in both free throw attempts and free throws made. Renfroe ranks second in both total blocks and blocks per game, while Wright ranks second in three’s per game and total three’s.

Up Next – Southern will be back in action on February 21 when the Lions travel east to take on Pittsubrg State in a State Farm Trophy Series matchup. Tip off from John Lance Arena is slated for 3:30 pm.