Southern season over

Another year in Kansas City, another first round exit for the Missouri Southern men’s basketball team as they fall today to Fort Hays State 68-59. The Lions, who averaged 80 points a game in the regular season, managed a mere 23 points in the first half and trailed by 14 at the break. The deficit proved to be just too much. The Lions were led by senior forward Octavius Hawkins with 17 points. Hawkins saw his offensive production come to a screeching halt midway through the second half when he picked up his fourth foul and had to sit. While Hawkins was on the bench it just seemed like no one else was willing to step up offensively.Tony Webb added 11 points while Skyler Bowlin and Vincent Ateba each contributed 10. The Tigers, who had a bit more balanced attack, were led by 17 from Terry Jeffries. Jake Sims, the team’s only senior, added 14 in the win.The Lions committed 15 turnovers and only forced 14.”When we play lethargic we are an average to mediocre team,” said Robert Corn head men’s basketball coach.In the first half, Southern did not attack the basket and they weren’t aggressive on defense. And because of that, they could never get closer than three points in the second half. The Lions season ends with a record of 17-11.