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Morning Sports Report - February 24, 2014

Lady Bears lose their last home game of the year and the men Bears beat the Sycamores.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- The Lady Bears were trying snap their three game skid against Illinois State Sunday at JQH Arena, where Missouri State celebrated Senior Day and their final home game of the season.  MSU honored four seniors before the game.

And Lady Bears' Tyonna Snow, shot fake and drive makes it 24-20, MSU.
But the Empire would strike back.

A steal by Alison Seberger and the fast break for Chloe Nelson with the pull up and score. Cuts the lead to 3.
Then, Redbirds' Katy Winge gets the baseline basket makes it 29-26, Missouri State.

In the second half. Senior Hannah Wilkerson drives and misses the first one but gets her own put back for the and one.
That makes it 43-38 ISU.

Lady Bear Tyonnna Snow finished with a season high 26 points but that wouldn't be enough.
Lady Bears lose 66-57.

"(I was) really dissapointed in our defense in the second half," said Lady Bears coach Kellie Harper.  "Gave up 44 points. 57 points is not a lot of points to score for the game so we right now have to be better on the other end. In the second half we fouled way too much and it put them on the free throw line and I thought that was the difference in the game. That's not how you want to end senior night."

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The bears are down to their final three games of the regular season. And sit in a three way tie for fourth place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Which made Saturday's game against the second seeded Sycamores that much more important.

Missouri State with their Maroon Mayhem game at JQH Arena.

Bears Jarmar Gulley with the dribble and pull up three pointer. To get MSU out to a 5-0 start.

Then, freshman Devon Thomas dices his way through the lane for the score. 10-4 Bears. Thomas would later leave with a hamstring injury.

Still in the first, Keith Pickens forces his way in for the reverse. 29-14 Bears up.

Later, the Sycamores Jake Odum hits the floater. MSU still up 32-20.

2nd half action, ISU's Manny Arop on the drive, get's it to go. And cuts the Bears lead to seven.

But the Bears would begin to pull away. Gulley with the block on defense and fast break the other way. He finds the hot hand in Austin Rudder who sinks the tripple.

Bears win 77-66. Ruder finished with 15 points.

"We don't need our guys to be great we just need them to be solid. Our three freshman were excellent tonight. Tyler McCullough was excellent, obviously Austin was excellent and I thought for a while there Devin Thomas was our best player on the floor for us during that stretch. He could just change the game and break those guys done. But, then he got hurt and we thought it was his knee but it was his hamstring," said Bears coach Paul Lusk.

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