Men remain perfect at home

Mitch Carney

The Missouri Southern Lions improved their record to 21-5 beating Pittsburg State University on Feb. 16 and Feb. 19.

The Lions played the first game in Pittsburg, where the Lions were led by junior Braelon Walker who had 23 points, four assists, four rebounds and five threes.

Sophomore Cam Martin added another double-double this season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Martin is currently in the top 10 for Division II players with double-doubles.

The Lions shot nearly 52 percent from the field and was able to get 20 second chance points off of 10 offensive rebounds. The Lions never gave up a lead during any point of the game and won 95-84.

The Lions then hosted the Gorillas at Leggatt and Platt Athletic Center where the Lions held their senior night. The Lions had senior Enis Memic who had six points in his final game in Joplin.

“He’s a great kid. On most teams he would be a starting center, but he’s embraced his role perfectly these last two years coming off the bench,” Lions Head Coach Jeff Boschee said. “We’re fortunate to have him and he has stepped up in big situations when we really needed him and I can’t thank him enough for being apart of our family.”

The Lions had three players score more than 20 points. Martin had 21, junior Kinzer Lambert had 22, and junior Reggie Tharp had 23 on the night. Martin and Lambert each got a double-double by getting 10 and 13 rebound respectively.

“We honestly as team don’t care who scores,” Tharp said, about his team sharing the ball and scoring together. “That’s never the problem, we always just try to play as team and get each other the ball.

“We love to score and score.”

The Lions shot nearly 46 percent from on the field and were able to get 14 point of turnovers and 24 second chance points on 17 offensive rebounds.

The Lions are now undefeated at home during the 2018-19 season by completing the sweep against Pitt State.

“It’s a heck of an accomplishment,” Boschee said. “I think we’re the third team in the Missouri Southern history to get this accomplishment.

“I told our games in the beginning of the game to go make some history. They really stepped up for Enis and got this thing for him. It’s a lot of hard our guys put into practice everyday and its paid off for them.”

The Lions will be back in action at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at White Auditorium on the campus of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas to take on the Hornets.

The Lions beat the Hornets earlier this season in Leggett and Platt 80-77. The Hornet are currently below .500 as they host the Lions in the afternoon game.