Southern aims to bounce back Thursday vs. Central Missouri

The Lions have dropped back-to-back games
Southern aims to bounce back Thursday vs. Central Missouri

After a hot start to the season, the Missouri Southern men hit a bit of a rough patch last week, dropping back-to-back games to Lindenwood and Lincoln.

Prior to those two losses, the Lions had won eleven straight games.

Missouri Southern will be back on the floor on Thurday, hosting Central Missouri. MSSU is currently the highest scoring team in the MIAA, but UCM is one of the best defensive teams in the league, giving up just 69 points per game and allowing opponents to shoot 42% from the floor.

“They’re very good defensively,” says Southern head coach Jeff Boschee, “That’s a concern of ours because we haven’t been shooting the ball well.”

Boschee is definitely not wrong. The Lions are shooting just 40% from the field the last two games, including 26% from three.

“When we’re struggling to score, we can’t just come down and jack a contested three up and have them go down to the other end.” Boschee adds, “We’ve got to work the ball and make them work on defense. We still want to play our pace and play fast. If we can get an open three or a layup in transition, I’m fine with that. But if not, when we’re struggling offensively, we’ve got to find ways to make them work on the defensive end.”