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Morning Sports Report - January 21, 2014

Northern Iowa holds off to beat the Lady Bears. And the men Bears are ready for Evansville tonight.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Lady Bears continuing their healthy homestand at JQH Arena Monday night, as they hosted the Northern Iowa.

Missouri State coming off of a 89-66 win over conference opponents the Drake Bulldogs.

Lady Bears looking to reach the 500 mark with a 7-8 record.

Panthers Madison Wheatly with the floater off the glass makes it 18-16 Panthers.

Then, Lady Bears Mikala McGee driving middle of the lane and the score. 20-18 MSU takes the lead.

A close first half game.

As Panthers Hannah Schonhardt sets up for the three and hits it, the game's tied at 24.

Later, Lady Bears Hannah Wilkerson started catching fire, the nice spin and score makes it 32-24.

Panthers good shooting behind the arc, Jen Keitel gets the three and its a 32-27 MSU lead.

But it's back to Wilkerson, fast break, step back and pop.

The Panthers would come back in the second half to win this one though 68-60.

"We knew coming in it would be a challenge to guard them," said Lady Bears coach Kellie Harper.  "We actually didn't want to give up 13 threes, it wasn't part of the game plan.  But you have to credit them for getting their kids open and knocking down open shots."


SPRINGFIELD, Mo--As for the men's team, The Missouri State Bears will try and stop their losing streak against Evansville Tuesday night at  JQH Arena.

The Bears head into the game against Evansville having lost four of their last five games.

MSU coming off of a 94-89 loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday where the team had their best road shooting effort all season.

Missouri State had shot just under 60 percent from field goals.

Bears Ron Mvouika had a career high 28 points in the game and was named the Valley's newcomer of the week.

He went six for six from three point range which set a Bears single game record.

"At the time I didn't realize it,' said Bears Guard Ron Movouika.  "I knew I was doing a good job but I was trying to win the game.  And my teammates kept playing for me, so I kept shooting.  And it went through.."

"Do you know that Ron's going to score 28? No,"f said MSU coach Paul Lusk.  "But you know that he has offensive ability.  But it's time to move on.  This will be the last time I talk about Marcus Marshall.  We've got our guys in the locker room who are going to play.  We don't know when Pickens is getting back.  The guys that are in there have to play.  They have to produce.  And they have to get better."    

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