Bears Hoping for More Road Magic as They Take on Red-Hot Aces
Missouri State Bears (17-5, 9-2)
Roberts Stadium, Evansville, Ind.
TV - KCZ, Ozarks CW (and Missouri State TV Network)RADIO - MSU Radio Network (KTXR and www.RadioSpringfield.com)_______________________________________________
Missouri State (17-5, 9-2 MVC) looks to get back in the winning column Wednesday (Feb. 2) when the Bears make their final trip to historic Roberts Stadium to take on the red-hot Purple Aces of the University of Evansville at 7:05 p.m.
On Sunday, the Bears saw their 19-game winning streak at JQH Arena snapped by defending MVC champion Northern Iowa. The 60-59 defeat marked the second time in four games the Bears have fallen victim to a late foul call that led to a one-point loss. MSU also struggled from the field in the second half, shooting just 28 percent (7-for-25) and making just one of seven three-point shots in the second stanza.
Kyle Weems (Jr., F, Topeka, Kan.) had a game-high 18 points to go with 8 rebounds and a pair of assists to lead Missouri State, while Jermaine Mallett added 11 points, 8 rebounds and a game-high 5 assists. It was Weems 18th straight double-figure scoring effort and the eighth time this season that Mallett has gone perfect from the free throw line (2-for-2).
Evansville (12-9, 6-5 MVC) has won three straight and five of six, including a 66-49 home win over Southern Illinois on Saturday. Colt Ryan was 9-for-9 from the foul line with four treys to finish with a game-highs 23 points and 8 rebounds. The Aces are 9-2 in their final season playing at historic Roberts Stadium.
Missouri State head coach Cuonzo Martin (Purdue, 2000) is 52-37 (.584) in his third season at MSU and overall. In Missouri Valley Conference games, he is 20-27 (.426) in his tenure, including an 14-9 league record at JQH Arena (7-2 last season and 4-1 this season) and 6-18 mark in road games (5-1 this season). Martin is also 4-1 against the Aces, 6-11 in February, 15-8 on Wednesdays, 38-11 at JQH Arena and 11-24 on the road.
Originally from East St. Louis, Ill., he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Purdue (2000-08) where he was a standout player for coach Gene Keady from 1991-95. Martin, 39, became MSU’s 16th head basketball coach on April 1, 2008.