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MSSU Men Try to Get Back to .500

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RELEASE FROM MISSOURI SOUTHERN ATHLETICS:

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's basketball team will open up MIAA play this week as the Lions head to Fort Hays State tomorrow evening for a matchup with the Tigers. Tip off from Gross Memorial Coliseum is slated for 7:30 pm. 

Game Information

Teams:    Missouri Southern (2-3, 0-0 MIAA) at Fort Hays State (6-0, 0-0 MIAA) 
Date: November 30, 2017
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Hays, Kan.
Site: Gross Memorial Coliseum (6,500)
Series Record: vs. Fort Hays Leads 30-20
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (58-38 overall/at MSSU - 4th year).  Mark Johnson (328-149 overall/at FHSU)

Media Coverage

MSSU Radio: Mike McClure - Play by play - Fox Sports Joplin - 101.3, 103.5 FM, AM 1560 KXMS 88.7 FM
Internet Audio: http://www.mssulions.com
Live Video: https://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/fhsu/mbball
Lions on Facebook:  Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mssumensbball

The Series

Fort Hays holds a 30-20 advantage over the Lions. Prior to the 2007-08 season,  all of the games came when both teams were in the CSIC. Hays had won five in a row, before the Lions defeated the Tigers in the first-round of the 2014 NCAA Central Regional. The Tigers have had two separate streaks of five wins in a row. Southern dropped seven straight games from 1982 to 1985. The largest margin of victory for the Lions came on two consecutive games on Feb. 18, 1977 and Feb. 3, 1978 when Southern defeated the Tigers by identical 15 point margins. The largest margin of victory for the Tigers came in the 1987-88 season when Hays defeated Southern twice by the margins of 26 and 44 points. At home, Southern is 14-8 against the Tigers. The Lions are 4-18 in Hays and are 2-4 in neutral site games.  

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

CJ Carr ranks 36th nationally in minutes per game, while Enis Memic ranks 30th in field goal percentage. Elyjah Clark ranks 57th in defensive rebounds per game.   

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions rank 49th in fewest turnovers.  

MIAA Individual Leaders

Memic and Carr lead the MIAA in field goal percentage and minutes per game, respectively, while Carr ranks second in steals per game, and Elyjah Clark ranks fifth in three point field goals per game. Carr also ranks fifth in assists per game.   

MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions rank second in the MIAA in fewest fouls, while ranking third in fewest turnovers and fourth in blocked shots per game. 

Freshman of the Year

Elyjah Clark was the MIAA Freshman of the Year last season. His is the sixth Lion in the history of the program to earn that honor, joining Carlos Newberry (96-97), Carlos Escalera (99-00), Skyler Bowlin (07-08), Jason Adams (08-09), and Marquis Addison (10-11). 

Three Point Streak

The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 147-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13. 

Records A Breakin'

Elyjah Clark set new school records last season for single-season three pointers (89), single-season three-point attempts (225), and three pointers made per game (2.96). He also helped the Lions to set the school record for three's made in a season with 250. 

Home Sweet Home

Missouri Southern can count on some of the best fan support in Division II. The Lions rank 11th nationally in home attendance this season, averaging 1,472 n fans per game. That number is third in the MIAA.

Feeling Generous

CJ Carr set a new MSSU single-game record for assists against Pittsburg State last season with 16 in the game. The mark broke Eddin Santiago's mark of 15 set in 2000. The 16 assists were also the most in a single game in Division II last year.

Erase A Deficit

The Lions trailed by 14 at one point against Minnesota State the opening weekend, but a 20-6 run by the Lions erased that deficit to tie the game up late and force overtime. In the game against UMSL, the Lions utilized an 11-1 run to end the first half and lead by three at the break. 

Specialty Stats

This year, the Lions have forced 69 turnovers and are scoring 13.8 points off of the turnovers. Southern also is averaging 8.6 points per game in second-chance points, 32.4 points per game in the paint and 20.2 per game from its bench. 

Runs A Comin'

Against UMSL, the Lions went on three separate runs that helped facilitate the win. The Lions finished the first half on an 11-1 run and went on separate 9-0 and 7-0 runs in the second half.  

Full-Court Winner

Wayne State hit a late three pointer to tie the game against the Lions last week, but with less than six seconds on the clock, Braelon Walker took the in-bounds pass and drove the length of the court to hit a running left-handed layup to win the game for the Lions as time expired.  

Taking Down The Best

With the win against Northwest Missouri in 2017, the Lions took out a No. 1 ranked opponent for the first time since the 1999-2000 season when Southern defeated Florida Southern in the Elite Eight. It also turned out to be the only loss that Northwest Missouri would suffer en route to the Division II National Championship. 

Lions On The Radio 

The majority of the Lions games this season can be heard on the Missouri Southern Radio Network in Joplin. Southern is partnering with Fox Sports Joplin, the Lions can be heard on 101.3 FM, 103.5 FM, 88.7 FM and AM 1560. 

Lions on TV

All Missouri Southern conference home games will be brought to you live this season courtesy of KGCS TV in Joplin. Fans can catch the action over the air live on Digital Channel 22 as well as on local cable systems. 

Up Next

The Lions will finish off the road trip with a 4 pm game at Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday.

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