Jan. 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State made 9 of its first 11 shots to start the game and rode that momentum to a 29-28 halftime lead over visiting Drake here in Missouri Valley Conference play.
The Bears have 8 points from Anthony Downing, 6 by Gavin Thurman and 5 from Keith Pickens to set the pace. The Bears have out-rebounded the Bulldogs by an 18-17 margin and have committed just 6 turnovers.
The Bears went up by double figures on a steal and dunk by Keith Pickens at the 11:23 mark that made it a 22-12 game at the time. After a pair of free throws from Seth VanDeest brought DU back within eight, the Bears got a runner from Downing off the glass to make it 24-14 with just over eight-and-a-half on the clock.
The visitors then rallied with an 11-0 run over the next six minutes, but a Nathan Scheer 3-pointer broke the dry spell and returned the lead back to the Bears, 27-25. Drew Wilson scored a stick-back with 92 seconds left in the half, and Drake scored the final basket of the opening stanza on Ben Simons' second trey of the period.
Simons has 10 points to lead the Bulldogs who were 10-for-28 (.357) from the field and 6-for-15 (.400) from beyond the arc.
MSU was 12-for-27 (.444) overall and 4-for-6 (.667) from 3-point range. Gavin Thurman's 5 rebounds is the most on the home side at the midway point.