Lincoln men, women to wrap up three-game trip at Missouri Southern

Lincoln's Kevin Kone charges the lane with the ball during a game this season against Nebraska-Kearney at Jason Gym. (Ken Barnes/News Tribune)

The Lincoln men’s and women’s basketball teams will wrap up a three-game road trip today when they take on Missouri Southern in Joplin.

The men’s game will wrap up the MIAA doubleheader with a 7:30 p.m. start.

Lincoln (11-5 overall, 7-5 MIAA) has split its first two games on the trip. The Blue Tigers defeated Missouri Western 70-56 last Thursday in St. Joseph, then fell 59-38 to Northwest Missouri on Saturday in Maryville. The 38 points were a season-low for the Lincoln men.

Artese Stapleton shared team-high scoring honors with Sai Witt with 19 points in the win against Missouri Western, then topped Lincoln with 13 points against Northwest Missouri.

Stapleton is second in the MIAA in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game. Kevin Kone of the Blue Tigers tops the conference in rebounding with 12.3 per contest.

Missouri Southern (12-6, 8-4) has won eight of its last 10 games. On Saturday, the Lions dropped a 71-68 decision at Rogers State.

Christian Bundy (6-foot-5 sr.) had his third double-double of the season Saturday for the Lions, totaling 19 points and 10 rebounds. Winston Dessesow (6-0 jr.) added 14 points, while Ndongo Ndaw (6-9 sr.) chipped in with 10.

Sam McMahon, a former Jefferson City Jay, is in his first year as head coach at Missouri Southern. Paul McMahon, another former Jay, is an assistant coach for the Lions.

Missouri Southern is fourth in the conference standings, while Lincoln is tied for fifth with Fort Hays State.


The women’s game between Lincoln (5-13, 3-9) and Missouri Southern (16-4, 8-4) will start the action at 5:30 p.m.

Missouri Southern is sixth in the conference standings, while Lincoln is tied for 11th.

Lincoln has dropped the first two games on its trip to snap a two-game winning streak, falling 65-54 at Missouri Western and 72-48 at Northwest Missouri.

Lincoln is scoring 62.8 points per game, 10th in the conference, while giving up 72.8 points per game.

Missouri Southern has won its last four games, including a 72-53 victory Saturday at Rogers State. The Lions have outscored their opponents by an average of 16 points in the streak.

Missouri Southern is fourth in the conference in scoring at 71.8 points per game and defense at 57.4 points per game.

Kryslyn Jones (5-6 jr.) led three Lions in double figures with 19 points. Lacy Stokes (5-4 soph.) added 16 points to go along with eight assists, while Layne Skiles (5-10 sr.) totaled 14 points and eight rebounds.

Stokes is fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.2 points per game, leads in assists with 5.5 per contest and is second in steals with 3.0.