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Bears Want To Control Tempo Against UNI

Missouri State will host Northern Iowa Saturday night.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Bears will play Northern Iowa this weekend.

But that game will be at JQH Arena Saturday night.

Tip off is 8:00 p.m. for the game that will be televised coast to coast on ESPNU.

Missouri State center Tyler McCullough's been cleared to practice after battling a concussion.

He'll be a game time decision.

Back in mid-January the Bears and Panthers got into a shootout, and Northern Iowa won 94-89.

Paul Lusk says his Bears cannot afford to do that again Saturday night.

"I think our biggest focus is not to get into a scoring battle with them," said MSU senior Keith Pickens.  "Anytime when it's up high with scoring it's not good for the Bears.  We'll try to contain their offense a lot more and get out on their shooters..."

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