SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The Dana Ford era tipped off last night at JQH arena. In our Bear Nation report, it was Ford’s first official game as Missouri State’s new basketball coach. His bears squaring off with Oral Roberts.
There are nine new Bears on this team, three in the starting lineup. The Bears would take the lead about five minutes into the game when Ryan Kreklow swishes a three, it’s 15-14 Bears. Then Missouri State went on a run. Jarred Dixon with the steal, to Cook for the layup it’s 27-19 Bears. Then Josh Webster with the look down low to Obediah Church for the dunk, Missouri State up by a dozen. Dixon with a big night, he gets the steal, and the layup, it’s 36-24 Bears. Right before the half, Dixon to Jan Wojcik to Church for the dunk, Missouri State was up 44-28 at the half.
Second half, Dixon would roar out of the lockerroom, he knocks down this long two, it’s 50-28. Then the senior from Kansas City with the steal and the layup, 52-28. Dixon with the corner three, Jarred Dixon had a career high 26 points on the night as Missouri State wins its opener, 84-50.
“You know, I thought our guys came out and played with some really good energy and really good effort. I thought our three seniors were good, and that’s why we were good. We definitely have some areas of improvement, but if your energy and effort are good it kind of gives you time to fix some other things. Really satisfied with the student turnout tonight. We put forth a little bit of effort for that and it was great to see those students there,” said head coach Dana Ford.
Mizzou tipped off its season last night, the Tigers beat Central Arkansas 68-55. Mark Smith led the tigers with 19 points.
Split result from Evangel, the Lady Crusaders win over Stephens 98-52, while the men lost to College of the Ozarks 78-72.
I’m Dan Lucy with your morning sports.