Bears Drop Overtime Decision at Illinois State Wednesday
Jan. 25, 2012
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NORMAL, Ill. -- Missouri State (12-10, 5-5) lost in overtime for the third time this season on Wednesday as the Bears let a nine-point second-half lead slip through their hands at Illinois State, 76-69, in Missouri Valley Conference play.
The Redbirds (13-8, 5-5) were led by Jackie Carmichael with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Jon Ekey scored 10.
In overtime, a Keith Pickens layup just 34 seconds in put MSU back ahead 67-65, before Tyler Brown knotted the score just 23 seconds later on a layup for the Redbirds.
The score remained tied until Jackie Carmichael broke free for a layup with 1:09 to go. Christian Kirk was fouled on an attempted put-back with 43.3 to play in the extra period and made the front end. However, his second shot missed to help ISU cling to a one-point lead.
The Bears fouled quickly, and Nic Moore went to the foul line with 40.1 to go and made both shots to make it 71-68. After the second make, Michael Bizoukas missed a jumper, and the Redbirds pulled away with foul shots down the stretch.
Missouri State, which led 34-25 at the intermission, saw the homestanding Redbirds go on a 10-2 run to start the second half that made it a one-point game. A jumper by Carmichael ended the run at the 16:34 mark and made it a 36-35 contest.
However, Missouri State reeled off eight unanswered points over the next two-and-a-half minutes to retake a nine-point advantage at 44-35. Gulley sparked the rally with a pair of buckets, while Bizoukas knocked down a right-corner jumper, and Caleb Patterson scored a hook shot in traffic.
Corey Copeland provided a needed spark of the bench midway through the final stanza with a pair of three-pointers that ended a brief Redbirds' run. His second trey at the 11:05 mark made it 54-45 contest at the midway point of the second half.
The Bears made just two field goals over the next seven minutes, while the Redbirds climbed back in the game at the free throw line. ISU was 5-for-7 from the stripe during that span and made it a 58-55 game on a charity shot by John Wilkins with just over five minutes to play.
Kirk ended the cold stretch with a solid move through traffic at the 4:09 mark to make it 60-55. Later, a pull-up jumper by ISU junior Tyler Brown made it a two-point game with 3:15 to go, but Anthony Downing drained a clutch three from the right wing to put the Bears back on top 63-58 at the 2:45 mark.
Carmichael scored on back-to-back ISU possessions to make it a one-point game with 90 seconds to go, and then the Redbirds took their first lead of the night on a trey by Anthony Cousin just 38.2 ticks remaining.
The Bears turned to Weems in the clutch who drove to the bucket and was fouled by John Wilkins with 20.2 showing. He made both charity shots to tie the game, and ISU missed a short jumper at the end of regulation that pushed the game into overtime.
The Bears turned the ball over just six times and finished 29-for-72 (.403), but were 1-for-10 in overtime. MSU finished 6-for-19 (.316) from bonus range and a season-low .357 (5-of-14) at the line.
ISU was 23-for-52 (.442) from the field, 6-of-19 (.316) from three, and 24-for-33 (.727) at the line while holding a narrow 41-40 rebounding edge.
In the first half, the Bears exploded out of the starting blocks with Kirk scoring the first four MSU points over a 7-2 run in the first two minutes.
The Bears extended their lead to 14-7 on a Weems hook shot just over seven minutes into the game and then increased their advantage to 19-10 on a Nathan Scheer three-pointer a minute-and-a-half later. MSU's biggest lead of the opening period came after Michael Bizoukas and Weems posted back-to-back layups, the latter of which made it 23-12 with 8:14 to go.
ISU climbed back within 23-17 after a layup by Missouri native John Ekey and a traditional three-point play by Jackie Carmichael at the 6:21 mark. However, the visitors responded with the next four points of the game and then dashed another 3-0 Illinois State run with a trey by Weems with just under three minutes left in the opening stanza.
The Bears return to JQH Arena on Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start against Northern Iowa. It is Hall of Fame weekend at Missouri State with the 2012 class being honored at halftime of the nationally-televised game on ESPNU. A fan appreciation party will follow the game at University Plaza.
Tickets for the UNI game are available at the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena, by calling (417) 836-7678 or by visiting www.MissouriStateTix.com.