Blue Tigers fall flat in 22-point home loss to Missouri Southern

The Lincoln Blue Tigers fell to Missouri Southern 92-70 on Saturday. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- Thursday night, Lincoln overcame an eight-point deficit down the stretch to rally past Pittsburg State.

Good win, something to build.

Then again, maybe not.

Less than 48 hours later, Saturday afternoon was --- for the most part --- a surprisingly uninspired effort by the Blue Tigers, as the Missouri Southern Lions used an early 15-0 run to grab control and never look back in a 92-70 win at Jason Gym.

"I don't think we came out with the intensity we needed to get another home win,"Lincoln head coach John Moseley said."'I don't know if we were satisfied with Thursday night's home victory, but we didn't come out with a purpose, especially on defense. We made some mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them."

The crowd matched the enthusiasm of the team. Jason Gym was about half empty and there was no band, because classes don't resume after the Christmas break until Tuesday.

This is more of an excuse than a reason --- but to some extent, it is still a reason.

"This community has been tremendous over the break," Moseley said, "but it will be a welcome sight to get our students and band back. They do make a big difference with their presence, their energy, and getting some excitement going in the gym."

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