Lions deadly from deep in 93-74 win over Pitt


Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team made 16 three-pointers en route to a 93-74 win over Pittsburg State today on Robert Corn Court inside of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
Southern (12-8) was led by Cam Martin as he scored 25 points and added ten rebounds, going 6-of-11 from long-range. Winston Dessesow scored 21 points and had seven assists, while Lawson Jenkins had 16 points on five made three’s. Christian Bundy had nine points, while Yagizhan Selcuk had eight points and nine boards.
Pitt (10-10) was led offensively by 14 points from RJ Lawrence off the bench.
The Lions opened the game on a 7-1 run capped by a layup from RJ Smith four minutes in. A jumper from Dessesow at the 14-minute mark made the score 12-4, Lions, but a three from Martin with 13:16 on the clock started the Southern barrage from long-range. Martin made another three with 12:36 left and Jenkins followed up with one of his own with 11 minutes to go to make the score 22-11.
Back-to-back three’s from Martin and Dessesow with nine minutes to go put the Lions up 15 (30-15) with nine to go and a dunk from Smith with 6:49 on the clock put the Lions up 36-19. Jenkins hit a pair of three’s sandwiched between a jumper from Martin with five to go and the Lions went up 20 (45-25), while a three from Dessesow the next trip down pushed the lead to 23 (48-25). Southern led 55-34 at the break.
Southern opened the second half hitting three long-range jumpers and led 64-36 1:10 into the half. A dunk from Scott with 16:45 left made the score 71-40, Lions and a layup from Selcuk with 13:53 left put the Lions up 73-46.
A three from Dessesow with 11 minutes left made the score 80-57, while a dunk from Bundy off an assist from Jenkins put the Lions up 86-68 with eight to go. A three from Dessesow with 5:40 to go pushed the lead to 23 as the Lions cruised to the win.
Southern shot 52 percent from the field and 43 percent from the three-point line. The Lions won the rebound battle 46-34 and had a 36-20 advantage in the paint.
Southern will be back in action this Thursday when the Lions play host to Washburn. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is set for 7:30 p.m.