Lions massacre Gorillas

Fans cheer on the Lions as they close the game 75-63.

Fans cheer on the Lions as they close the game 75-63.

T.J. Gerlach

With a career-high 28 points, Dan Jones helped put away the Pittsburg State University Gorillas Feb. 15.

The Lions won the Del Rio Bordertown Battle at home by a score of 75-63.

“Our guys I felt played very unselfish basketball,” said Robert Corn, head men’s basketball coach. “Really I thought as far as making decisions, there were very few times out there tonight where I felt like we made a poor decision with the basketball.”

Aside from putting up more than two-thirds of the Lions’ points, Jones, senior forward/center, also led the team in rebounds with 10. This gave Jones his fourth double-double this season.

Quentin Edwards, senior guard, was second in scoring, putting up 15 for Southern. He also had four steals in the match.

Tyler Ryerson added six points for the Lions, followed three men with five points apiece. Ryerson also passed for eight assists in the win.

“Tyler Ryerson played one heck of a basketball game,” Corn said. “I’m sure he’s a tired young man.”

Myron Hodge, junior forward/center, grabbed six rebounds, followed by Jeremie Bond, senior center, with five.

“This definitely takes us a step forward, but it doesn’t assure us that we’re in [the MIAA Postseason Tournament],” Corn said.

The win against Southern’s closest rival came four days after a loss on the road for the Lions.

The Lions faced Northwest Missouri State University Feb. 11, losing 76-64.

Edwards, shot eight of 12 from the field, scoring 20 points in the game.

Bond was next with 12 points, followed by Matt Habermehl, junior forward, who put up nine from his three long-range shots.

Jones and Edwards grabbed six boards each for Southern, and Hodge and Ed Miles, junior forward, had five boards each.

The Lions’ final home game and senior day will be Saturday as the Truman State University Bulldogs come to Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

That game tips-off at 3 p.m.

Then the Lions finish their regular-season play Feb. 25 at Emporia State University.

Southern’s record is now 12-13 overall ad 5-9 in the MIAA.