The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 5, 2014

Lions' Corn, Addison receive MIAA recognition

In his 25th and final season at Missouri Southern, Robert Corn has been honored as the MIAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Additionally, Missouri Southern’s Marquis Addison was named first-team all-MIAA, while Jordan Talbert was named to the third team and Slim Magee was an honorable mention. Talbert and Magee also were named to the all-defensive team. Pittsburg State’s Devon Branch received third-team honors.

In the preseason polls, the Lions were picked sixth by the coaches and ninth by the media. But Corn directed the Lions to a strong showing in the conference, finishing one game out of first place in the MIAA standings. Corn guided the Lions to its 16th straight trip to the MIAA Tournament and picked up the ninth 20-win season of his career at MSSU. He enters the MIAA Tournament with 409 career wins.

Addison, a senior guard, has averaged 16.7 points and 4.0 rebounds this season, while shooting .526 from the field and .829 from the free-throw line. He ranks eighth in MIAA scoring for the season and has 1,560 career points for the Lions.

Talbert, a senior forward, holds the MSSU single-season blocks record with 61, while ranking second in career blocks with 160 and third in career rebounds with 687. This season, Talbert has averaged 12.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, while recording 43 blocks.

Magee, a senior center, leads the league in field goal percentage at .653 and is nine blocks away from tying Talbert’s single-season blocks record. Magee has averaged 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.

Branch, a junior guard, led the Gorillas with averages of 20.7 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23 games this season.

Northwest Missouri State senior guard DeShaun Cooper was the Player of the Year, while Emporia State senior center Paul Bunch earned defensive honors and Northwest Missouri forward Zach Schneider was the freshman of the year.

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