Bears Race Out to 32-25 Halftime Lead Over Visting Redbirds
Guard - Anthony Downing
Guard - Anthony Downing

Jan. 8, 2013

SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State has used the momentum of a 13-0 run late in the first half to take a 32-25 lead over visiting Illinois State here in Missouri Valley Conference play.

The Bears took just under five minutes to double up the visiting Redbirds when Marcus Marshall dropped a short jumper in to make it 10-5. Christian Kirk follwed that basked with a dunk for the home club that made it a 12-5 contest at the 14:22 mark.

With the Bears in control early, Illinois State fought back within four later in the half before a layup by Anthony Downing put MSU's advantage at 17-11 with just over seven minutes left.  That's when the scoring began.

First, the Redbirds tallied nine unanswered points in a span of less than two minutes with Johnny Hill scoring four points on the run and Jon Ekey dropping a 3-pointer. Hill's layup at the 4:50 mark gave the Redbirds a 20-17 lead at the time, but the Bears got rolling.

A short jumper by Kirk preceeded nine points by Downing and a layup by Marcus Marshall to push the Bears back on top 30-20.

ISU capped the half with a 5-2 run to make it a 32-25 game. Downing's 11 points leads the Bears, while Hill also has 11 points at the halfway point for the Redbirds.

The Bears are 13-for-24 (.542) from the field and 3-for-5 (.600) from beyond the arc. MSU is also 3-of-6 from the line and has out-rebounded the bigger 'Birds 17-13 with just five turnovers.

ISU, which is looking for its first Valley win, was 11-for-27 (.407) overall and 2-of-6 (.333) from long range with just 1-of-3 makes at the line. 



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