Men’s basketball hosts Lincoln


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Junior guard from Tulsa, Okla., TJ Williams jumps to make a layup in Wednesday’s game against Missouri Western. Williams had four points and four assists in 19 minutes coming off the bench in the Lions 85-71 victory.

When Robert Corn’s team hosts new conference opponent Lincoln University tomorrow afternoon, it will do so with a seven-game season-opening win streak intact.

After defeating Missouri Western State University Wednesday night, the Lions are now 3-0 in MIAA play in 2010.

The newest addition to the MIAA in men’s basketball, the Blue Tigers, will come to Legett & Platt Athletic Center for a 3 p.m. matchup. Although they are new to the conference, Corn says Lincoln is a familiar opponent.

“They’re always very athletic,” he said. “They’re going to be a team that’s going to play very hard and they’re going to compete so it’s one of those situations where you can’t overlook anybody and try to anticipate playing someone else because whenever you do that then you’re going to set yourself up for failure.

“We’ll just prepare and get ready for them and we know that they’re going to be coming in here and playing extremely hard, they’re very capable of scoring points so it’s going to be a challenge for our defense to see if we can stop them.”

So far this season, Lincoln is 0-2 in conference play, having been beaten by Southwest Baptist University and Fort Hays State University by scores of 93-81 and 95-79 respectively.

Wednesday, all five of the Lions’ starters, Jason Adams, Marquis Addison, Keane Thomann, Kevin Hinsey and Skyler Bowlin registered double-digit points.

Bowlin was also 8-8 in free-throw attempts and as a team, Southern shot almost 60 percent from the floor in the first half.

“I think number-one, our defense has been pretty solid,” Corn said. “You have to have something that you hang your hat on. And hopefully our defense is one of those things that the players have taken a lot of pride in. Because I’m a firm believer that particularly when you start going on the road, you’re not going to outscore teams on the road, you have to beat them and you’re going to do that on the defensive end.”