Jason Adams was named the MIAA Freshman of the Year and Skyler Bowlin was a second-team All-MIAA selection as the MIAA announced its post season awards today.

Adams, a 6-5 guard/forward from Carthage  has been Missouri Southern’s third leading scorer this year as a true freshman coming off the bench He’s averaging 22 minutes per game and is scoring 10.6 points per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field. He has scored in double-figures 13 times this year, including a 27-point performance in the Lions only overtime game this year, scoring nine of the team’s 20 points in the extra period helping the Lions to the win. Adams led all MIAA freshman in scoring.

Bowlin, a 6-3 guard from Paragould, Ark., is a second-team selection, as well as being named to the MIAA’s All-Defensive Team. He has been the spark on a Lions team that started the season with a school-record 12 straight wins and vaulted to No. 10 in the NABC Poll. This season, Bowlin has scored in double figures in all but five games he’s played in and is the team’s leading scorer with 14.6 points per game and has scored 16.4 in conference play. He has scored 20 points or more seven times.

A defensive stopper for the Lions, Bowlin ranks second in the MIAA in steals and has helped the Lions to rank second in both turnover margin and steals.

The Lions will open up the MIAA Tournament this Thursday evening when they face off with Central Missouri at 6 pm in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.