Men’s basketball improves record

Junior forward Matt Habermehl gets up for rebound during the first half of the Jan. 21 game against Washburn.

Junior forward Matt Habermehl gets up for rebound during the first half of the Jan. 21 game against Washburn.

T.J. Gerlach

Five players scored in the double digits in a 68-64 win over Southwest Baptist University Jan. 24.

The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team improved its record to 10-9 overall and 3-5 in the MIAA with the win. This came after a 60-56 loss at home against Washburn University on Jan. 21.

Tyler Ryerson, sophomore guard, led the Lions with 14 points against the No. 2-ranked SBU Bearcats. He also had three steals in the match-up.

Ed Miles, junior forward, was next in points with 13, followed by Quentin Edwards, senior guard, with 12.

Dan Jones, senior center, and Myron Hodge, junior forward/center, earned 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Hodge led the team in rebounds, grabbing eight. Edwards was next with five, and four other Lions followed them with four rebounds a piece.

Robert Corn, head men’s basketball coach, said the Lions are the No. 1 rebounding team in the MIAA, but they still need to improve their rebounding.

In the loss to WU, Hodge and Miles led the team in points with 11 each.

Jeremie Bond, senior center, followed them with eight points. Jones and Ryerson earned seven points a piece against the Ichabods.

Bond led the team in rebounds, grabbing 10, while Ryerson would lead in assists and steals, having three of each.

“It was a disappointing loss because right now we’re struggling to get as high as we can in the conference and make sure we get to the conference tournament,” Corn said.

He said WU was below Southern in the MIAA.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very good,” Corn said.

Southern shot 32.7 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc.

“It’s going to be difficult to win any game from that standpoint,” Corn said.

He said he thinks the Lions’ defense is fairly solid.

“I do feel like if you can hold a team to 60 points, you’ve got to be doing something right on the defensive end,” Corn said.

He said shot selection and finishing plays are two things the team needs to improve.

“Right now we’ve got to focus on us,” he said. “In order to be successful, we’ve got to play well; that’s where it’s got to start.”

Since The Chart last published, the Lions:

• lost at Central Missouri State University 79-52 on Jan. 18.

• lost to Northwest Missouri State University 52-50 on Jan. 14.

• beat Pittsburg State University 86-84 Jan. 11.

• lost at Truman State University 64-52 on Jan. 7.

• lost to Missouri Western State University 84-70 on Dec. 30.

• beat Drury University 76-67 on Dec. 18 in Las Vegas.

• lost to Seattle Pacific University 93-65 on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas.

• beat Emporia State University 73-60 on Dec. 10.

The men’s next game will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center as they take on MWSU.