Slow Start in Carbondale Has Bears Trailing Salukis at the Intermission
Guard - Anthony Downing
Guard - Anthony Downing

Feb. 16, 2013

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Missouri State spotted home standing the Southern Illinois Salukis the first 10 points of the game and outscored them over the last 15 minutes of the half, but the Bears trail 31-22 at the intermission at SIU Arena.

Missouri State has 9 points from Anthony Downing, who broke MSU's scoreless streak at the 15:10 mark with a short jumper. Marcus Marshall has 6 points, and the Bears have 4 of their 11 rebounds by Keith Pickens.

The Salukis are led by Jeff Early with 12 points on 6-of-9 from the field.

After the 10-0 deficit, MSU began clawing back into the game and made it a 12-9 game on a layup by Downing on a great pass from Pickens at the 11:12 mark.

The SIU lead teetered between 5 and 7 points until a 3-pointer by Kendal Brown Surles with just over three minutes left in the opening period made it 25-17. Davante Drinkard added a hook shot on SIU's next possession to push the home club's lead to 10 and match SIU's largest lead of the night.

MSU reeled off the game's next 5 points with a 3-pointer by Marshall and a short jumper by Downing that made it a 27-22 game with 1:17 to play. But Early scored the last four points of the half for SIU to stretch the home lead back to 9 at the break.

The Bears are 8-for-21 (.381) from the field and 2-of-9 (.222) from beyond the arc with makes on all 4 free throw attempts. MSU has been out-rebounded 14-11 and has committed 6 turnovers.

SIU is 14-for-26 (.538) from the field,  1-of-8 (.125) from 3-point range and 2-of-2 (1.000) at the line.



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