Jared Ridder scored 10 points in his long-awaited Missouri State debut Saturday, but the Bears could not erase an 18-point deficit, falling 74-67 at North Dakota State.
The Springfield native and former Kickapoo great led the team with 8 first-half points, but scored just two in the second half. For the game, Ridder made 4 of 12 shots, including 2 of 9 from beyond the arc.
The Bison led by 18 points with eight and a half minutes left, but the Bears trimmed the deficit to 69-65 with just over a minute left. Tulio Da Silva nearly picked up a steal for MSU, but Vinnie Shahid picked up the loose ball and immediately made a long 2, effectively ending the Bears’ comeback hopes.
Shahid led all scorers with 19 points for NDSU.
Missouri State (4-6) falls to 0-4 on the road. The Bears will fly to Memphis, then drive to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on Arkansas State on Tuesday.