Nine First-Half Turnovers and Bradley Long Shots Add Up to 35-20 MSU Deficit at the Half
Missouri State trails Bradley 35-20 at the intermission at Carver Arena in Peoria
Jan. 19, 2013
PEORIA, Ill. -- Missouri State has shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the first half and turned the ball over nine times to trail home standing Bradley, 35-20 at the intermission at Carver Arena.
The Bears rallied from an early 11-3 deficit to close the gap to one point after Christian Kirk got things started just over five minutes into the contest. Bruce Marshall then knocked down the first of two first-half 3-pointers for MSU, and Drew Wilson answered the call off the bench with a key tip-in that made it an 11-10 game at the 10:33 mark.
After Will Egolf knocked down a trey for Bradley, Marshall responded with his second 3-ball of the opening stanza to make it 14-13 just past the halfway point. But the Bears went nearly eight minutes without a field goal from there while the Braves knocked down five more 3-pointers and led by as many as 16.
Bradley was 6-of-11 (.545) from bonus distance in the first half -- including three treys by Egolf -- and 13-for-25 (.520) overall.
The Bears owned a 15-13 rebounding edge, but Bradley turned its only two offensive caroms into five critical points. MSU was 6-for-21 (.286) from the field and 4-of-10 (.400) from long range.
Anthony Downing, Michael Simpson and Marcus Marshall have all scored 3 points for the Bears with Gavin Thurman snagging a game-high 4 rebounds.
The two clubs came into the game with identical 3-3 MVC records, tied for fifth place.