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High School Sports

January 11, 2014

Southern discomfort

RiverHawks roughed up in first MIAA loss

It could have taken place in a back alley somewhere. It could have been a showdown in a boxing ring.
Either way, Northeastern State was knocked out early.
Missouri Southern took over early in the contest at the NSU Event Center and never wavered en route to an 80-65 trouncing over the RiverHawks in front of 612 in attendance.
"I think we got beat by a superior basketball team," NSU coach Larry Gipson said. "They whipped us in every way possible. They were physically and mentally tougher than us.
"...It was like getting into a fist fight; they hit us about two or three times and we really didn't want any more of the fight."
Both Jordan Talbert and Slim Magee tallied 14 points for Missouri Southern, and Cameron Cornelius and Marquis Addison added 10 points apiece as the Lions knocked the RiverHawks (10-3, 5-1 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) from the ranks of the unbeaten in conference play. The RiverHawks are now tied for first in the league with Missouri Southern and Central Missouri.
The Lions climbed atop the standings by dominating NSU in every facet of the game. The RiverHawks were out-rebounded 43-25 while getting outscored in the paint, 34-14.
"This team knocked us off our screens, and they were physical with us," said Gipson, whose team shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the field, compared to Missouri Southern's 50-percent (28-of-56) effort.
"...I think, if there's any positive to this, hopefully we can learn that this is the way we need to play. And we need to be more focused and determined."
Bryton Hobbs, who fouled out with a minute left in the game, led NSU with 20 points. However, he was only five-of-15 from the floor. Most of his point production came at the free-throw line, where he converted on nine of 12 attempts.

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