Keith Pickens and Dorrian Williams have 4 points apiece at the intermission for MSU
Jan. 2, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Missouri State has held home standing Evansville to just 21 first-half points, but an uncharacteristic 8 turnovers and 29 percent shooting effort of its own has the visitors trailing 21-15 at the intermission here in Valley play.
Keith Pickens and Dorrian Williams have 4 points apiece for Missouri State, while Egidijus Mockevicius has a game-high 9 points for the Purple Aces.
Mockevicius got Evansville off to a fast start with his team's first nine points as UE led 9-4 just over four minutes into the game. After Colt Ryan scored a traditional 3-point play for the Aces at the 14:30 mark to make it 12-4, the Bears responded with a 9-2 run over the next six minutes to make a game of it. A high-arcing jumper by Anthony Downing at the 8:20 mark made it a 14-13 game.
But the Bears managed just one more field goal the rest of the half -- a bank shot by Williams that made it a 16-15 game with just over four minutes left. From there, Lewis Jones scored the final five points of the half for the Aces to make it 21-15 at the break.
MSU was 7-for-24 (.292) from the field and 0-for-4 from long range. The Bears were 1-for-4 (.250) at the line and were out-rebounded 20-18.
Evansville was 8-for-27 (.296) overall and 1-for-6 (.167) from bonus distance with 4-of-5 (.800) makes at the line.
The Bears are looking to build on a one-game league winning streak that started with Sunday's 70-59 win over Southern Illinois in the league opener.