Nov. 26, 2011
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SPRINGFIELD -- Kyle Weems had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Missouri State as the Bears improved to 4-0 Saturday with a 69-64 overtime win over visiting Tulsa.
Weems' biggest shot of the night came with 1:29 left in the extra period, a three-pointer on the heels of a Tulsa put-back by Joe Richard that put the Golden Hurricane up 64-62. Weems' shot brought the lead back to the home club, which hit three of its six three-pointers in overtime. MSU would score the final seven points of the game and extend its non-conference home winning streak to 22 games.
It was Weems' 11th career double-double.
Joining him in double figures for MSU was Caleb Patterson with a career-high 19 points and newcomer Jarmar Gulley with 16. Michael Bizoukas also contributed 8 points and 7 assists, while Anthony Downing poured in 9 points.
Downing was the unsung hero of the night, collecting 8 points in crunch time, including the game-tying three-pointer with four seconds left in regulation. In overtime, he put the Bears ahead 62-58 with another three-point bomb, and then sealed the win with a driving layup off a Tulsa turnover in the final minute.
"This has to be one of the best college basketball games of the season so far," said MSU head coach Paul Lusk. "These were two defensive-minded teams making big plays and coming up big at key points in the game. This was a great test for our team."
The Bears forced 21 Tulsa turnovers and held the visitors to 21-for-52 (.400) from the field.
For its part, Tulsa out-rebounded MSU 43-37, forced 11 turnovers and turned to standout Jordan Clarkson for its clutch plays. Clarkson finished with a game-high 23 points, including 15 in the second half, as one of three Golden Hurricane players in double-figures.
Scottie Haralson had 15 behind five three-pointers, while Kodi Maduka had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the visitors.
After Downing's three-pointer tied the game with four ticks left in the game, Clarkson launched a three at the horn that caromed off the rim to force extra time. Patterson made the first basket of the extra period on a 23-foot three-pointer just over 30 seconds in. Downing made it 62-58 with his second three of the run, before Tulsa reeled off six straight points.
With the game tied and 1:44 on the clock, D.J. Magley stepped to the line for Tulsa and missed a pair of free throws. His second miss was dunked back by Richard to put Tulsa up for the last time.
Weems responded with the clutch three, and the Bears added a pair of free throws and Downing's driving layup down the stretch to seal the win.
MSU finished 23-for-65 (.354) from the field, but made 4-of-5 in overtime. The Bears were also 6-for-22 (.273) from three-point range but made all three attempts in overtime. After missing four first-half free throws, the Bears were 11-for-13 in the second half and finished 17-for-25 (.680). The Bears also collected 10 steals on the night, their most since March 22, 2010.
Tulsa was 6-for-19 (.316) from three-point land and 16-for-30 (.533) at the line.
MSU, one of just two unbeaten clubs in the Missouri Valley Conference, will head to Oral Roberts (4-2) on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. in Tulsa.