Marquis Addison scored a career-high 34 points, 23 of them in the first half, as Missouri Southern knocked off Pitt State in the men's game. Stephen Atkinson also scored a career-high 21 for the Lions. The Gorillas were led by 21 points and 12 rebounds from Rico Pierrevilus.
In the women's contest, Pitt jumped out by 15 points in the first 10 and a half minutes, before Southern came back to tie it early in the second half. But the Gorillas held on late for their 5th straight win in the series behind 24 points from a sick Lizzy Jeronimus. The Lions were led by 14 points from senior Erin Rice.
Round One To Take Place In Joplin Wednesday Night
MSSU sweeps Lincoln while Pitt State comes up short to Central Missouri.
Saturday saw both Missouri Southern teams leave Jefferson City winners, while both the Pittsburg State teams fell in Warrensburg. We take a quick look at what happened in all four.
Plus, the Gorillas' Hailey Roderique hurts her knee in the final seconds of Saturday's game. Pitt's third-leading scorer will wait and see what the diagnosis is after the swelling goes down in the coming days.
MSSU women have won four straight while Lion men bounce back from Thursday loss to Lindenwood.
MSSU cross country and track & field coach will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame January 27th.
Both the Missouri Southern men and women picked up wins at home Saturday night, as did the Pitt State women Saturday afternoon. We pick out a trend from all three of those wins, as well as the Gorilla men's loss.
Playing on national TV and in front of a packed John Lance Arena, the Pitt State women played maybe their best game of the season, while the Gorilla men played maybe their worst, as a seven game win streak came to an end.
In Joplin, the MoSo men bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Thursday night, and the women grabbed their second straight conference win, staving off Missouri Western by just two points.
Also taking place on the Lions' campus today, the Joplin boys fall in the championship game of the Kaminsky classic.
Pitt State men, women win as do MSSU women.
Plus MSSU takes the court for the first time in three weeks against Livin' the Dream.
Plus MSSU men's basketball head coach Robert Corn says the winter break came at the wrong time.
The Webb City boys led Memphis Sheffield most of the game Thursday night, but scored only one point for a nearly seven minute stretch in the 4th as they ultimately lose 68-64. Meanwhile, Carthage ran up against defending champs Sunrise Christian from Wichita, and hung tough before seeing the game get away from them in the second half.
Plus, the Webb and Carthage girls win for the second day in a row on the girls side, the Missouri Southern men try to avoid the rust as they prepare for an exhibition game at home Saturday and Frontenac baseball winning their first state title is the #5 story on the Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories countdown.
MSSU DT Brandon Williams may be done with college football, but he now has set his sights on the NFL. Plus Jasper visited McAuley in hs hoops.
Plus Seneca wins their basketball invitational.
Missouri Southern and Pitt State carried over their recent cross country success to the track. At the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, 11 of the 30 events were won by Lions, while the Gorillas took 1st in seven events. MSSU's Jeff Fraley and Evan Moore won multiple events, while Larissa Richards accomplished the same for PSU.
The Carl Junction boys had four players make at least two 3-pointers in beating Joplin in the finale of the 66th Annual Carthage Invitational, while the Webb City girls beat Carthage in the CJ Classic behind Tournament MVP Mikaela Burgess.
Plus, the Pitt State women bounce back from their loss Wednesday while the Missouri Southern women win their 6th straight.
Plus the Webb City girls avenge last season's district final loss to Carthage.
Former Missouri Tiger had been suspended since start of season for violation of team rules. Plus MSSU track coach Tom Rutledge to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. And Pitt State Athletics holds first ever "Gorillas Got Talent" event.
3rd Ranked Pitt State women lose at home to William Jewell while PSU men win in OT. Plus MSSU men hope to snap a three game losing streak Saturday.
It'd been 13 days off for the Gorillas and eight for the Lions, but both teams shook off the rust to earn victories in Joplin Friday night. Pitt State was led by Lizzy Jeronimus, who dropped 29 points and collected 12 rebounds in a 68-40 win against Evangel. For MoSo, 12 points for both Shonte Clay and Dominique Mosley led the way in a 60-38 win.
MSSU DL and NFL prospect is a unanimous 1st team all conference selection. Plus PSU men's basketball makes season debut.
PSU's Dreiling also named to All-MIAA first team
Plus Carthage volleyball senior Emily Goeken signs with NEO.
Plus Webb City, Monett and Lamar advance to high school semifinals.
Lions get 23 points from Marquis Addison while #3 PSU runs away from SW Minnesota State. Plus Commerce wins playoff opener while Colgan and Chanute lose quarterfinal gams.
Lions tame JBU, 83-63
Lions trying to snap long losing skid to PSU. Plus Claythorne Lodge near Columbus to host another US Open.
First half highlights from the MSSU/Truman game.
Second half highlights from the MSSU/Truman game.
Chatting with former Lion Skip Hale, quarterback in 1974-75.
Taking a look around the MIAA and chatting about the season finale against Pittsburg State.
In Pitt State's loss to Lindenwood Saturday, all five touchdowns surrendered were 29 yards or longer, with three of them 80 yards or longer.
As for Missouri Southern, a 73 yard run by Ne'Ronte Threatt in the second quarter sparked the Lions to a win, securing their first winning season since 2007 and just their second in the past 17 years.
Kickapoo scores three early goals and never looks back to beat Joplin. Plus MSSU faces Truman Saturday.
Lions show well vs D-1 program in Tulsa. Plus Pittsburg State football looks ahead to Lindenwood.
Plus NEO wins Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
The Miller Cardinals are 9-0, ranked #3 in Class 1 and they feature a talented RB duo. Plus MSSU looks ahead to their road game at Lindenwood.
1st half highlights from the MSSU/Northwest Missouri State game.
2nd half highlights from the MSSU/Northwest Missouri State game.
Visiting with former Lion Dusty Bratzler.
Taking a look around the MIAA and previewing next week's game against Lindenwood.
In the first 335 minutes they played this season, Pitt State outscored opponents 230-86. As for the last 85 - opponents have outscored them 94-21. Saturday at Carnie Smith Stadium it was all about the big plays, as three of Missouri Western quarterback Tyler Partridge's nine completions were for touchdowns of 35+ yards.
Across the state line in Joplin, Missouri Southern's offense struggled, fumbling the ball six times on option exchanges and completed just one pass on the afternoon. Quarterback Kellen Cox is never one to make excuses, but a bum left shoulder certainly did not help.
In front of a record crowd of 11,910 fans at Carnie Smith Stadium, the 7th ranked Gorillas suffered a 63-14 defeat at the hands of 16th ranked Missouri Western. The Gorillas scored first before seeing the Griffons score 56 unanswered.
Meanwhile in Joplin, 5th ranked Northwest Missouri State was in charge of things pretty much from the get go, and ultimately ruined the Lions chances at a third straight win with the score 38-14. Senior defensive tackle Brandon Williams did set the school record for career sacks in the loss for Missouri Southern.
Plus MSSU comes up short at home to No. 5 Northwest Missouri State.
McAuley offense averages 488 yards per game. Plus MSSU looks ahead to another Top 5 challenge against NW Missouri State.
1st half highlights from the Lions upset at Missouri Western.
2nd half highlights from the Lions upset at Missouri Western.
Scores from around the MIAA, highlights of the last 2 minutes of the game at Missouri Western and a quick look ahead to the game against Northwest Missouri State.
Pitt State and MSSU had opposite results on Saturday.
Plus Oklahoma runs away with the Red River Rivalry.
Scores from around the MIAA and a look ahead to the Lions next game at Missouri Western