Tahlequah Daily Press

January 11, 2014

Points aplenty

NSU to host Missouri Southern in likely high-scoring affair

From Staff reports

— Northeastern State put on its best dress rehearsal before Missouri Southern strolled into town.

On Thursday night, Northeastern State exploded for 57 second-half points to bury Southwest Baptist, 97-91, in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association play. Bryton Hobbs went 10-of-18 from the field and 16-of-21 from the free-throw line to notch a career-high 40 points.

The RiverHawks (10-2, 5-0 MIAA) outscored the highest-scoring team in the league and finished a whisker shy of 100 points for the third time this season. Now NSU must prep for the second-highest scoring team in the conference, Missouri Southern (87.8 points per game).

The Lions (10-2, 4-1) will invade Tahlequah on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the NSU Event Center. Missouri Southern will also do so with a potent scoring attack, led by Marquis Addison, who posts 16.6 points per contest.

Addison has plenty of help, too, with Cameron Cornelius, Jordan Talbert and Slim Magee all averaging double figures in the scoring department. Cornelius and Talbert both score more than 12 points a night while Magee is at 11.5 a contest.

Two former Oklahoma high school standouts — Austin Wright (Bixby) and Greg Renfroe (Nowata) — also play integral parts on offensive for the Lions at nine and 6.6 points per game, respectively.

The RiverHawks enter having own six straight contests, including five in league play. The Lions — winners of eight of their last nine — will play their second straight game in Oklahoma after finishing off Central Oklahoma, 92-79, on Wednesday.

In the women’s game, the RiverHawks (6-6, 3-2) will again be without leading scorer Fontana Tate. NSU is coming off a 60-47 victory over Southwest Baptist.

Missouri Southern, who is receiving votes for the nation’s top 25 poll, is reeling after a 62-60 loss at Central Oklahoma. The Lions are led by Dominique Mosley, a 6-foot-1 forward who is averaging 16.9 points per game.

The women’s game will tip at 1:30.