Lions face upset in final moment

Senior guard Quentin Edwards scored 23 points in his final game at Southern.

Senior guard Quentin Edwards scored 23 points in his final game at Southern.

Four members of Missouri Southern’s men’s basketball team played their final home game Feb. 18.

Seniors Jeremie Bond, center; Jeremy McCadney, forward; Quentin Edwards, guard and Dan Jones, forward/center, were recognized prior to the game.

However, the senior day match against No. 22-ranked Truman State University resulted in a 68-67 loss for the Lions.

“These are the games that make or break a season,” said Robert Corn, head men’s basketball coach.

Southern led for the majority of the game, but the Lions allowed the Bulldogs a 14-3 run in the second half. A TSU lay-up with 3 seconds left gave the Bulldogs the lead, and the Lions were unable to score before the clock ran out.

“It’s just a very disappointing loss because you’re playing the 22nd-ranked team in the country and you have an opportunity to win the basketball game and you want to take advantage of those situations,” Corn said. “We weren’t able to finish it off.”

Edwards led Southern scoring with 23 points. He was followed by Myron Hodge, junior forward/center, who added 14.

Tyler Ryerson, sophomore guard, put up nine points, and Bond had seven.

Ryerson also had five assists for the Lions

Hodge led the Lions’ rebounding, grabbing six boards. Jones and Bond were next with five a piece.

Five other Lions grabbed three rebounds each.

Southern shot 40.6 percent against TSU, but the Bulldogs shot 57.8 percent from the field in the game.

“We just weren’t able to knock it down,” Corn said.

The Lions fell to 12-14 overall and 5-10 in the MIAA. Their final game will be Saturday when they travel to Emporia State University.