The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

March 11, 2014

Our View: Show Lion pride

The Missouri Southern State University Lions roared back in victory Sunday as they won the men’s basketball MIAA Postseason Tournament championship in Kansas City.

It’s the first time since 2000 and the third time in school history the team has hoisted that trophy, and it’s especially sweet coming during coach Robert Corn’s final season.

The Lions defeated Central Oklahoma 84-72 to win the championship.

Globe Sports Editor Jim Henry said that from start to finish this was possibly the best MIAA tournament since it came to Kansas City 12 years ago. He praised the efforts of Missouri Southern and talked about the emotional moment when team members realized they had won.

Now, the third-seeded Lions play the first game — at noon on Saturday against Fort Hays State — in the Central Regional in Mankato, Minn.

We’re proud of the accomplishment and especially glad that Corn will lead his team to regionals.

Follow the Lions this week as they prepare to make the trip to Mankato. The game will be broadcast on Saturday, and plenty of social media is sure to follow, including updates from Henry @Jim_Henry53.

This is a talented team with some real depth.

We are cheering them on, and so should you.

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