No. 1 Lions upset by Griffons on road


Willie Brown

Sophomore guard Marquis Addison drives to the basket in Southern’s Nov. 30 home game against TSU.

Jordan Larimore


After using a road victory against the University of Central Missouri last Saturday to propel itself to the school’s first ever national No. 1 ranking, Missouri Southern was upset Wednesday.

After Bellarmine was beaten last week, Southern vaulted to the country’s top spot before the Griffons dashed the Lions’ perfect record, pushing them to 9-1.

Against Central, Southern had three scorers in double figures. Jason Adams knocked in 22, Jordan Talbert added 17 and Keane Thomann had 14 on the way to the Lions’ 72-64 win.

Monday, the Lions handled Arkansas-Fort Smith with an 87-74 victory in which they shot 46 percent from the field.

Wednesday, Southern couldn’t stop James Harris of the Griffons as he gashed them for 26 points on the night. Southern’s leading scorer was Thomann with 22 points.

Tomorrow, the Lions will return home to host the Blue Tigers of Lincoln University in their attempt to remain atop national, and more importantly, conference polls.

“They’re very athletic, they played Fort Hays really tough at home in their first conference game and then they beat SBU on Saturday,” Head Coach Robert Corn said. “They try to spread the floor offensively and if you allow them to split your defense and get to the basket, they’re going to make plays.”