MSSU aims for 4th straight win at Missouri Western

The Lions are 16-4, including 7-3 in the MIAA
MSSU aims for 4th straight win at Missouri Western

RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team will head back on the road as the Lions play at Missouri Western on Thursday night. Tip off from the MWSU Fieldhouse is slated for 7:30 pm.

Game Information

Teams: (RV/22) Missouri Southern (16-4, 7-3 MIAA) at Missouri Western (9-11, 3-6 MIAA)
Date: January 31, 2019
Tip-Off: 7:30 PM
Location: St. Joseph, Mo.
Site: MWSU Fieldhouse
Series Record: Southern leads 50-44
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (92-49 overall/at MSSU – 5th year). Sundance Wicks (9-11 overall/at MWSU – 1st year)

Media Coverage

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

The Series

Southern leads the series with Western 50-44. The, Lions have won the last 17-of-21 match-ups. Southern is 37-11 at home, but just 12-33 in St. Joseph. Western dominated the series from 1988-1999 when the Griffons won 16-of-21 games. The Lions, however, have won 22 of the last 33 games. The 94 games played against Western is the third-most the Lions have played against a single school, behind Pittsburg State (101) and Southwest Baptist (97).

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, rank 13th in three point attempts, 15th in total assists, 17th in scoring, 18th in total three pointers made and 19th in free throws made. The team ranks 20th in assist to turnover ratio, 21st in scoring margin and free throw attempts, while ranking 22nd in field goal percentage, 25th in three pointers per game, 26th in defensive rebounds per game, 28th in assists per game, 35th in total rebounds per game and 40th in rebound margin.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin ranks third in double-doubles, while ranking fourth in free throws made, fifth in free throws attempted and 6th in field goal percentage. Martin ranks 13th in total points, 17th in total rebounds, 19th in scoring and 37th in rebounds per game. Reggie Tharp ranks 9th in assist to turnover ratio, while ranking 39th in total assists. Elyjah Clark ranks 13th in total minutes, 17th in three pointer attempts, 31st in minutes per game and 48th in total three pointers made.

MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in three point attempts, free throw attempts, scoring and total assists. The Lions rank second in assists per game, field goal percentage, free throws made, scoring margin, three pointers per game and total rebounds, while ranking third in defensive rebounds per game, offensive rebounds per game, rebound margin and total rebounds per game.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin leads the MIAA in double-doubles, field goal percentage, free throw attempts and free throws made. Elyjah Clark leads the MIAA in three point attempts, three pointers made and total minutes. Martin is second in the league in offensive rebounds, total field goals, total points and total rebounds. Clark is second in total three pointers made, while Martin is third in scoring and rebounds, and tharp is third in total assists.

Preseason No. 1

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

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 19.

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. Coincidently, in his second game as a Lion, former guard CJ Carr scored 47 points against the same Minnesota State team two years ago.

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 193-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 7th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,605 fans per game. That number is second 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 87 points per game this season and the Lions have topped the century mark five times.

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.

Bevo Francis Award Watchlist

Sophomore Cam Martin has been named to the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award Watchlist. The award is for the Division II Player of the Year.

Records Watch

Junior 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 254 career threes, passing Skyler Bowlin for second all-time against Central Oklahoma this year. He is 14 threes from tying 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 1,231 in his career and is the 21st person in MSSU history to crack the 1,000 point plateau. Clark has moved into 12th place all-time, passing both Marvin Townsend and Hiram Ocasio in the process. Next up is Russel Bland at 1,271 points.

Elyjah For Three

Clark has the top-two single-season three-point totals in MSSU history and his 254 threes made in his two-plus year career rank second. His career three-point percentage of .410 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).

Coaches Show

This year, Jeff Boschee and women’s coach Ronnie Ressel will be part of the Missouri Southern Coaches Show. The show is Monday night’s at 6 pm and originates from Hackett’s Hot Wings in downtown Joplin. The show can be heard live on 101.3 and 107.9 FM, as well as streamed on www.mssulions.com.

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 head to second-ranked Northwest Missouri for a matchup with the Bearcats. Tip off is slated for 3:30 pm