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  • Addison’s 34 leads MSSU to victory

  • Missouri Southern junior guard Marquis Addison caught fire in the first half Wednesday night against Pittsburg State at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

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  • Missouri Southern junior guard Marquis Addison caught fire in the first half Wednesday night against Pittsburg State at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.
    Over 16 minutes played, Addison poured in 23 points on 8-12 shooting from the floor, 4-5 from 3-point range and 3-3 free throws. Addison helped Southern build a 42-37 halftime lead with his offensive explosion.
    Despite foul trouble, Addison scored a career-high 34 and led Southern to a 87-80 win.
    “Give Southern credit,” Pitt State head coach Kevin Muff said. “They played extremely well. I thought they were patient when they needed to be, they attacked, they got the ball inside-out and made some runs. . . . It never balanced itself out to where we got consistency on either end.”
    Pitt State outrebounded Southern 25-13 in the first half, 12-2 on the offensive boards. However, when Addison was shooting like he did in the first half, rebounds are not as necessary.
    “Marquis Addison was really, really good tonight,” Muff said. “He was patient. He hit shots. He hit open shots. If you’re going to play a guy like who gets hot like that, you’ve got to find ways to cool him off. We got him off the floor and that helped a little bit but he was really good and every time he would score and the other guys hit shots, we couldn’t answer that.”
    The Gorillas also missed eight free throws in 17 attempts, leaving nine points behind. Rico Pierrevilus (4-4) and JaVon McGee (2-2) combined for 6-6 on free throws but Marky Nolen (1-2), Denton Hays (1-3), A.J Adams (1-4) and Courtney Ingram (0-2) were 2-11.
    Pitt State received 19 points from its bench in the first half, with all five bench contributors reaching the scoring column. Pierrevilus led the bench players with eight points and seven rebounds.
    With the Southern lead at 49-40, Addison committed his fourth personal at the 17:38 mark, a central time in the game since that foul was team foul No. 6 on the Lions only 2:22 into the second half.
    Kaleb Porter, who scored a PSU freshman single-game record 34 points against Lincoln in his first game at the Leggett & Platt, scored his first points of the game after Cameron Cornelius swatted the ball while it was in the cylinder. Porter drew a foul on R.J. Leverette but missed the free throw and missed the old-fashioned three-play opportunity.
    Pitt State had the lead to 49-44 near the 15-minute mark, it was 55-50 at 12:39 and 63-55 at 9:57 after the Gorillas entered the double bonus at 12:16. With Addison on the bench for nearly 10 minutes, Southern virtually maintained its lead but consecutive baskets from Pierrevilus and a tip-in by Hays made it 63-61 with 7:40 left and Southern head coach Robert Corn brought Addison back in the game with his four fouls.
    Page 2 of 2 - McGee delivered an old-fashioned three-point play and Pitt State trailed 65-64 at the 6:47 mark.
    Addison scored four straight and Southern led 71-66 at 5:29. Those points gave Addison 30 for the night.
    The Gorillas and the Lions exchanged baskets and free throws for several minutes. Pitt State cut the lead to one multiple times but could never get that one stop on the Lions. The Lions took advantage, especially at the foul stripe, and edged it to 81-74 with 1:16 left.
    Pitt State struggled with its 3-point shooting, 3-16 on the night.
    “Whether it was zone or man, our 3-point shooting has got to be in conference season unacceptable,” Muff said. “We’ve got guys who can shoot it but my god, they’ve got to step up and start giving us what they’re capable of. Thank goodness Ethan Cordray hit one for us and Terrell (Eaddy) hit one but that’s about it. Javon’s at the end, I’m not counting that because it was out of the system.”
    Over a five-game stretch, the Gorillas have been 18-for-86 (21 percent) on 3-pointers.
    Pierrevilus led Pitt State with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. McGee added 19 points and nine rebounds. Ingram finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Nolen had 10 points and three rebounds before fouling out.
    “I think giving them rest,” Muff said of why the big men performed so well Wednesday. “Denton (Hays) played more and he did a good job. He’s been doing well at practice. I thought JaVon was really active on the boards and did a good job of chasing. A.J., I sat him a little bit because I didn’t think he was ready to play tonight. We’re going to start figuring out who wants to play.”
    Stephen Atkinson had 21 points for the Lions and Cameron Cornelius added 13 crucial bench points. Jordan Talbert had nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
    Pitt State dropped to 11-4, 4-3 MIAA. Southern improved to 9-5, 4-2.

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