Dec. 30, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State has collected six 3-pointers, including three from junior Nathan Scheer to take a 39-32 lead over Southern Illinois at the intermission at JQH Arena in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both clubs.
There were three ties and four lead changes in the first seven-and-a-half minutes before the Bears took over for good on a trey by Gavin Thurman that made it a 16-13 game at the 12:22 mark.
Just over four minutes later, the Bears went on an 11-2 run that saw the home club build its advantage to 37-25 on a 3-ball by Marcus Marshall. The Salukis ended the half with a 7-2 spurt, including treys by Kendal Brown-Surles and Jalen Pendleton in the final 3:37.
Brown-Surles led SIU with 9 points to help Coach Barry Hinson's club to a 12-for-23 (.522) half from the field, including 7-of-11 (.636) from bonus distance and 1-of-3 (.333) at the line.
MSU shot 13-for-24 (.542) overall and 6-of-11 (.545) from 3-point distance with a perfect 7-for-7 effort at the line. The Bears got 9 points from Scheer and 6 from Keith Pickens who also added 4 rebounds. The Bears have out-rebounded the Salukis 14-10 and committed just three turnovers, while forcing five.
The Bears also have 20 of their 39 points off the bench en route to their sixth halftime lead of the season.