Up and coming
Central Missouri: Had the Mules played two league games instead of one last week, they could be where the RiverHawks are. Nevertheless, an overtime victory over Fort Hays State is a solid way to begin the MIAA slate.
On the skids
Fort Hays State: It's early but the Tigers may be kicking themselves later in the season after starting MIAA play 0-2. Two overtime losses on the road — one against a beatable Missouri Western club — is probably not how Fort Hays State — the preseason favorite in the league — envisioned embarking on its league tour.
- Northeastern State guard Bryton Hobbs has been on a scoring tear this season. The senior guard from St. Louis leads the MIAA in scoring at 24.7 points per game, and he has only scored less than 20 points once — 12 in a loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith — this season. Hobbs is coming off a career-high 36 points against Lindenwood on Saturday.
- Central Oklahoma's Josh Gibbs is the only player in the league averaging a double-double. The senior forward from Kansas City, Mo., is posting 21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. He started off the season with a 24-point, 21-rebounds effort against Southwest Christian.
- Missouri Southern has been scoring points in bunches lately. The Lions have notched 530 points in five games, including a 110-point effort against Washburn on Saturday. Marquis Addison is leading the way for the Lions with a 16.9 point-per-game average.
Ahead of the pack
Lindenwood: The Lady Lions — picked to finish last or next-to-last in the league — are looking down at everyone in the standings, minus Missouri Southern, which is also 2-0. Lindenwood defended its home court and did an Oklahoma two-step in beating NSU and Central Oklahoma over the weekend. Morgan Johnson led the way with an average of 16.5 points in the two games.