Bears Trail Eastern Michigan at the Half in BracketBusters Play
Forward - Christian Kirk
Forward - Christian Kirk

Feb. 23, 2013

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Missouri State has surrendered six 3-pointers and been out-rebounded 19-14 in the first half to trail Eastern Michigan here, 29-21, at the half of a Ramada worldwide BracketBusters game.

The Bears jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two minutes of action with Marcus Marshall scoring the game's first bucket, and Christian Kirk following up with a traditional 3-point play to set the pace.

EMU responded with eight straight points over the next two-and-a-half minutes with a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk. Kirk brought the Bears back within 8-7 on his second layup of the first stanza, but a trey by Derek Thompson pushed the home club back ahead by four.

MSU would get within three points of the lead twice from there with treys by Gavin Thurman and Nathan Scheer on back-to-back possessions. The latter brought the Bears within 16-13 at the 11:37 mark. But Eastern Michigan reeled off the game's next 10 points to double up on the Bears, 26-13, with just over six minutes left in the half.

Dorrian Williams ended the dry spell with a free throw a minute later, starting an 8-0 rally by the maroon club. A layup by Anthony Downing with 56 seconds left in the half drew the Bears within 26-21, but J.R. Sims' third 3-pointer of the half for the Eagles pushed the home club on top 29-21 at the break.

MSU is 6-for-21 (.286) from the field and 2-of-13 (.154) from beyond the arc while making just 7-of-13 (.538) free throws. Kirk and Marshall have 5 points apiece. The Bears have just 4 turnovers and have forced 6.

Eastern has 9 points by Sims and has made 10-of-24 (.417) shots, including 6-of-9 (.667) from downtown and 3-of-6 (.500) at the line.



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