NCAA-Bound Lions RoarDown the Stretch
Kearney, Neb. – Six-eleven senior center Slim Mageehad 24 points and 20 rebounds to help Missouri Southern State beatNebraska-Kearney, 87-79, Friday night in an MIAA Tournament Quarterfinal gamein Kansas City.
The third-seeded Lions (22-5) advance to face second-seed NWMissouri State Saturday night. The other half of the brackets pits ninth-seedNortheastern State against fifth-seed Central Oklahoma.
Headed to the NCAA Tournament and now winners of sevenstraight, MSSU trailed 39-38 at the break and 64-59 with 8:49 to go.
To grab that five-point lead, UNK got back-to-back bucketsfrom senior post Mike Dentlinger (Millard North). Late in the first half, theLopers led 28-21, its biggest advantage of the evening.
Behind Magee, an aptly named 200 lbs. lefty with long arms,Southern closed the game on a 28-15 run. The transfer from Division I SouthAlabama had 12 of his points in this stretch, four coming after his ownoffensive rebounds. He started the key surge with four straight points.
UNK trailed 76-72 with 3:14 to play before sophomore reserveAustin Wright hit the ninth and final three of the night for the Lions. Kearneytried to respond with a triple of its own but missed and Magee not only grabbedthe rebound but also made a layup at the other end, giving his team its biggestlead of the night to that point.
Magee finished 10 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 at theline with 15 of his rebounds coming on the defensive end. He also had twoblocks and one assists in 27 minutes of work.
Three other Southern starters were in double figures,including senior guard Marquis Addison (20) and junior guard Lane Barlow (13).Barlow also had seven assists with senior forward Jordan Talbert at 11 points,eight boards, five blocks and five assists.
The Lions shot 51% (32 of 63) from the field and, thanks tothat late surge, outrebounded the Lopers by eight, 42-33.
In his final collegiate game, Dentlinger hit a three at thebuzzer to finish with a team-high 27. He made 10 shots and was 6 of 7 at theline to end with 1,358 career points, 18th in Loper lore.
Next, Ravenna sophomore Conner Beranek had three dunks amonghis seven made field goals to tally 18 with Norfolk sophomore Ethan Brozek (14points & 10 rebounds) recording his fifth double double since January22nd. Finally, Nevada junior Davison Pearson had 10 points, eightassists and five rebounds.
As a team, UNK shot 44% (29 of 66) from the field and 67%(16 of 24) at the line. They committed just eight turnovers, the third straightgame with single digit miscues.
Courtesy UNK Sports Information