Pickens Picks Up Bears

Published 02/13 2014 05:57PM

Updated 02/14 2014 05:19AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Missouri State is in sole possession of third place in the Valley with three weeks left in the regular season.       

In our Bear Nation report, Keith Pickens led the way last night as Missouri State beat Drake 69-63.

The Bears are 17-8 overall and got revenge on the Bulldogs who beat Missouri State in Des Moines earlier this season.

Fifth year senior Keith Pickens, who's been battling injuries for most of his career scored 18 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

He's also trying to add a hefty helping of emotion.

"I think at this point of the season it's key for the team to have emotion and energy," said Missouri State senior Keith Pickens.  "When you do that as an older guy it bleeds down.  You get players like Devon Thomas playing with more emotion.  And Ruder with more emotion.  And I think it makes it better for the whole team.."

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