The Little Rock Trojans shock the Missouri State Bears with a 67-66 win Tuesday night in the season opener at JQH Arena.

Little Rock’s Ruot Monyyong hit a jumper just inside the arc with 2.3 seconds left in regulation to win it.

Tyrik Dixon forced up a three point attempt at the buzzer, but it didn’t go.

The Bears led by as many as eight points in the first half, carrying a 39-33 advantage into halftime.

But the Trojans kept it close throughout

the second half, taking their first lead in the half with 1:25 left on a jumper by Alsean Evans, 65-64.

Dixon made two free throws for the Bears with 1:01 remaining to put MSU ahead 66-65, but Little Rock got the game winner from Monyyong.

Lamont West’s 12 points led Missouri State (0-1), with Dixon and Josh Hall adding 11 each and Tulio Da Silva scored ten.

Ben Coupet led the way for Little Rock (1-0

) with 13 points. Markquis Nowell added 12.

Missouri State went 8-28 from the three point line, while the Trojans made just three of 14 attempts from long distance.

Little Rock won a lopsided battle inside, outscoring the Bears 36-22 in the paint.

The Trojans also won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding MSU 32-26.

The Bears will host Alabama State Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at JQH Arena.

Game Notes:

Missouri State went into Tuesday’s contest with a 36-1 record in home openers during its Division I era, including an 11-0 mark at JQH Arena.

The Bears now lead the all-time series against Little Rock 7-1.

Missouri State went just 12-18 at the foul line (66.7%).

Tuesday’s announced crowd at JQH Arena was 5,002, nearly identical to last year’s home opening attendance of 5,014 against Oral Roberts.

Little Rock vs. MSU Bears at JQH Arena 11-5-19

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