The MSU Bears are now in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference after a 71-58 win at Indiana State on Sunday.
Here’s the recap of Sunday’s win, courtesy of Missouri State Athletics Communications:
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Led by a season-high 22 points from Lamont West, Missouri State posted a 71-58 road win at Indiana State here Sunday, ending a 12-game home winning streak for the Sycamores.
The Bears (13-14, 7-7 MVC) also got 11 points from Tulio Da Silva, while Gaige Prim added 10 points.
Christian Williams scored 15 points to lead three Indiana State (14-11, 7-7) players in double figures.
MSU used an 8-0 run shortly after the intermission to parlay a five-point lead into a 13-point advantage just over four minutes into the final period. Keandre Cook posted four points in that run to give the Bears their biggest lead of the afternoon to that point.
Midway through the final period, Indiana State used a 7-0 outburst to make it a 52-48 game before West was fouled on a 3-point attempt at the 10:30 mark. The senior made all three shots to push Missouri State’s lead back to seven, and before the nine-minute mark, West and Da Silva dunked the Bears to a 59-50 lead.
Coming out of the under-eight media timeout, the Bears reeled off nine unanswered points to take their biggest lead of the game, 68-50, with 6:20 to play. Prim had six points on that run, which essentially put the game out of reach.
For the game, MSU was 24-of-51 (.471) from the field, 7-of-16 (.438) from long range and 16-of-21 (.762) at the line with a 45-26 rebounding advantage.
Indiana State finished 20-of-55 (.364) overall, 5-of-20 (.250) from bonus range and 13-of-18 (.722) at the stripe with 6 turnovers.
In the first half, West was 4-of-7 from the field with three treys to match his season high with 15 points and help the Bears to a 38-31 lead at the midway point.
The Bears were 7-of-9 from long range in the opening stanza, helping them open up a 12-point advantage late in the half with West’s dunk at the 2:30 mark pushing the visitors ahead 35-23. Indiana State ended the half on an 8-3 run, scoring 7 of their last 10 points from the foul line in the final four minutes of the period.
Missouri State travels to Bradley on Wednesday evening (7 p.m.) for a regionally-televised game on FOX Sports Midwest and the MVC TV Network. The Bears then return to JQH Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22 to battle Loyola at 2:30 p.m. in a nationally-televised contest as part of MSU Athletics Hall of Fame weekend.
Tickets for the Loyola game, and all home contests, are available at MissouriStateBears.com, or by visiting the Old Missouri Bank Box Office at JQH Arena, (417) 836-7678, during regular box office hours.