Missouri State had three game-tying opportunities in the final moments, but the Bears could not avoid their third straight loss Saturday, bowing out of the Missouri Valley Tournament after a 61-58 loss to Bradley at Enterprise Center.
Bradley Keandre Cook’s 3-point attempt with 16 seconds left. After Ryan Kreklow stole the next inbounds pass, his shot from long range hit the rim. Finally, at the buzzer, Jarred Dixon’s desperate heave turned out to be perhaps the final attempt of his career.
Darrell Brown scored 20 points for Bradley to lead all scorers. The most notable point total, however, came from Valley Newcomer of the Year Tulio Da Silva. The Braves held the MSU junior to just 3 points, 12 below his season average.
“When you get to March, your marquee guys gotta play,” MSU head coach Dana Ford said. “Teams have a week to prepare for people.”
The loss knocks Missouri State’s final record to 16-16 for Ford’s first season in Springfield.