Dec. 10, 2011
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Behind the efforts of Anthony Downing, who scored a career-high 20 points, Missouri State (5-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-60 road win at Arkansas-Little Rock here Saturday.
Downing led three Bears in double figures, as Caleb Patterson added 18 points, and Kyle Weems notched 14 points and a game-high 8 rebounds. MSU shot a season-high 54.1 percent (20-for-37) and knocked down 22-of-28 (.786) free throws to pick up its third road win of the season.
After leading 29-22 at the break, MSU built its advantage to double figures with 15:34 to go on a layup by Patterson that made it a 37-26 game.
However, starting at the 15-minute mark, UALR reeled off seven straight points to make it 37-33. MSU then responded to the Trojan run with a short jumper by Weems to end the threat for the time being.
Jarmar Gulley and Downing handled the pressure down the stretch, including a three-minute stretch where Downing reeled off nine straight points for Missouri State.
Weems brought the dagger with his only three of the night with 1:51 to go. That bucket made it a 63-53 game, and the Trojans never threatened again.
Downing finished 10-for-10 at the line, while Michael Bizoukas added 9 assists with just one turnover. The Bears had 11 turnovers as a team.
UALR was led by Will Neighbour who scored 15, while Chuck Guy scored 13 off the bench. The Trojans were 23-for-54 (.426) from the field, but just 9-of-14 (.643) at the line.
In the first half, the Bears scored the game's first bucket on a pull-up by Weems, but then went five minutes without a field goal, falling behind 10-2 before a Downing floater at the 13:01 mark.
A three-pointer by UALR's Neighbour with 12:30 remaining in the first period put the Trojans up 13-4 before MSU began mounting a solid comeback midway through the half. A traditional three-point play by Isaiah Rhine got the Bears rolling on an 18-5 run that included three-pointers by Patterson, Downing and Gulley to put MSU ahead 22-18 with just under seven minutes to go in the period, and the Bears would never trail again the rest of the night.
Patterson scored four of MSU's next eight points before the intermission as the Bears pushed ahead 29-22 at the break.
The Bears have a week off before hosting Kennesaw State at JQH Arena at 2:05 p.m. Dec. 17 in the first round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.