Missouri Southern State 80, Fort Hays State 69
Missouri Southern State pulled away in the second half, downing Fort Hays State in the first quarterfinal Saturday. The Lions had a 40-22 rebounding advantage, outscored the Tigers 42-24 in the lane and blocked eight shots.
Missouri Southern used an 18-6 burst to go up 35-27 with 1:30 left in the half. Craig Nicholson hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds for the Tigers, but Missouri Southern State's Austin Wright had enough time to answer from the corner, pushing the Lions into halftime with a 40-32 lead. The Tigers shot 42.9 percent in the half, but Missouri Southern State was plus-11 in rebounding, leading to a 24-8 advantage in points in the paint, with five blocked shots.
Marquis Addison, Missouri Southern State's top scorer, got hot, scoring 11 points as the Lions pushed the lead to 60-42. He finished with 26 points and nine rebounds, and Slim Magee had six points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Talbert and Lane Barlow each scored 11 as the Lions shot 51.7 percent.
Brunson had 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Nicholson had 15 points and nine assists. The Tigers shot 53.6 percent in the second half but couldn't close the deficit.
Missouri Southern State (25-5) advances to the region semifinal at 5 p.m. Sunday.