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Bears Survive Liberty Scare 54-52

Missouri State beats Liberty 54-52.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--There was a day night double header at JQH Arena Tuesday.

The nightcap featured the Missouri State Bears trying to go 5-and-0 on the season.

The Bears taking on Liberty in the second game of the Corpus Christi Classic.

Missouri State playing without Keith Pickens and Marcus Marshall who have knee sprains, no surgery needed for both, and should be back by the Valley games.

Liberty out to a quick start, around the horn to John Caleb Sanders who slashes to the rack for the hoop, it's 18-8 Flames.

Missouri State started chipping away, Austin Ruder with the three from the top of the key, it's a seven point deficit.

Missouri State with the defense, Jarmar Gulley gets the steal and the layup, it's a one point deficit.

End of the half, Liberty's Ethan Layer with the three, the Flames led 28-23 at the break.

Second half, Missouri State storms back, the break to Dorrian Williams for the layup, it's a one point game.

Then Nate Scheer with this three from the top of the key, it's 41-40 Bears.

Jarmar Gulley late with another three pointer, 54-50 Missouri State.

Liberty would not go away, end of the game, a chance to tie or win, but the three point shot off the inbounds is no good.  

And Missouri State holds on to win 54-52.   

"It wasn't pretty but we're certainly not giving it back," said MSU coach Paul Lusk.  "A lot of credit to Liberty.  I knew their experience would bother our team.  We still have a lot of new faces out there.  And obviously not having those two guys not out there effects us.  We have to get some things figured out.  But proud of our guys for hanging in there and finding a way to get it done."   
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