JOPLIN, Mo. — The Fort Hays State men’s basketball team lost track of Missouri Southern in the second half, falling behind by as much 25 in a 78-66 road loss on Saturday at the Leggett and Platt center.

Fort Hays trailed by six at halftime but Southern broke away with a 13-0 run early in the second half, opening up a 21-point advantage with 13:08 left. 

FHSU finished with an 11-0 run but the game was well out of reach by then. The Tigers dropped to 14-8 on the season and 8-5 in the MIAA while Southern moved to 19-5 overall and 10-4 in the MIAA. 

The Tigers shot just 35 percent from the field (24 of 68) while the Lions went 47.5 percent from the floor (29 of 61). 

Marcus Cooper led FHSU with 13 points while Brady Werth finished with 10. 

Elyjah Clark scored a game-high 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting for the Lions. Southern post player Cam Martin added 19 points while Kinzer Lambert and Dylon Gregory finished with 11 and 10, respectively. 

The Tigers will look to bounce back on Thursday night when they play host to Lindenwood at 7:30 p.m. in Gross Memorial Coliseum.