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Morning Sports Report - November 27, 2013

The Missouri State Bears survive against Liberty - but the Lady Bears lose their third straight.
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."   

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Earlier Tuesday the Missouri State Lady Bears played an afternoon game against Quinnipiac.

The Lady Bears trying to snap a two game losing streak.

Missouri State coach Kellie Harper gave birth to their first child Monday night, a baby boy.

So new dad Jon Harper was coaching the team.

The Lady Bears also had to play without Karly Buer who suffered a knee injury in practice Sunday.

She could be out awhile.

Missouri State with a good start, Kenzie Williams with a three pointer, it's 27-19 Lady Bears.

The Bobcats hanging tough, bounce pass inside to Brittany McQuain she gets the hoop it's a one point game.

End of the first half Desiree Phillips with the three pointer, it's 35-29 Lady Bears.

Missouri State was up by seven at halftime.

Second half, Williams with another three pointer, and it was 45-35 Lady Bears, Missouri State owned a 12 point lead but Quinnipiac roars back.

The pick and roll to McQuain, it's 52-49 Bobcats.

Then Ellen Cannon with a cannon shot from the corner, a three it's 55-51.

The Bobcats on a 30-to-five run.

Then inside again to McQuain the hoop and foul, the Independence, Missouri native scored 28 points, Quinnipiac hands the Lady Bears their third straight loss 75-65.  

"That team is used to winning," said Lady Bears assistant coach Jon Harper.  "And they don't doubt what they're doing.  Early on this year they've been tested.  That's an NCAA tournament team from last year.  They've won a ton of games and there's something to be said for that.."

"Teams make runs.  That's what good teams do," said Lady Bears guard Kenzie Williams. "And that's a good basketball team.  So when they do that we need to stick together.  We did the same thing to them and they came back.  So that's what we need to do."     

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