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Missouri State Senior Guard Anthony Downing Guarded By Creighton's Jahenns Manigal At JQH Arena
The MSU Bears are giving 13th ranked Creighton everything they can handle, with the Bluejays hanging on to a 32-27 lead at halftime at JQH Arena.
The game has featured ten lead changes, with neither team ahead by more than five points.
Creighton jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but the Bears tied the game 7-7 on Keith Pickens' tip-in with 13:46 left in the half.
Branson high school graduate Avery Dingman drained a three pointer for the Bluejays with 11:47 on the clock to put his team up 12-9, but Bears sophomore Tomie Aromona hit a big three pointer from the corner with 9:07 remaining to give MSU a 16-14 lead.
The two teams spent much of the next six minutes trading baskets before Creighton pulled ahead 26-25 on Nevin Johnson's three pointer at the 3:23 mark.
Jahenns Manigat hit a shot from beyond the arc with 33 seconds left to put the Bluejays back up by five, 32-27.
Pickens has nine points to lead Missouri State, with Creighton All-American Doug McDermott putting in 11 points.
The Bears come into tonight's game at 5-11 overall, 3-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Bluejays, ranked 13th in the latest Associated Press College Basketball Poll, are 15-1, 4-0.
Creighton is the highest ranked opponent to ever play a game in Springfield.
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