Dec. 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State has forced 13 turnovers and shot an even 50 percent from the field in the first half to take a 41-19 lead over visiting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the half here in the second round of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
The Bears are led by Caleb Patterson with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Kyle Weems has 7 points and a game-high 5 rebounds to go with 3 assists. Seven other MSU players are in the scoring column in the first half.
MSU is 17-for-34 (.500) from the field in the first 20 minutes with six turnovers and 3-of-7 (.429) from beyond the arc. Coach Paul Lusk's squad is also 4-of-6 (.667) at the charity stripe while holding a 22-12 rebounding advantage over the visiting Islanders.
Missouri State has never trailed and ran off a 17-2 run over an eight-minute stretch in the first half to lead by as many as 23. All 11 players in uniform have played for the home club.
TAMU-CC is led by Terence Jones who has 9 points behind three three-pointers, while Ted Wang has snagged 4 rebounds off the bench.
The Bears head to Las Vegas for the finals of the event, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. against West Virginia at the Orleans Arena. That game is being televised on ESPN3.com.