Paul Lusk and his Missouri State Bears spent an entire week stewing over a bad loss to Oral Roberts, but they bounced back with an outstanding defensive effort, beating Wright State 66-50 Tuesday at JQH Arena.
The Bears held the Raiders to just 28 percent shooting, and did not allow a basket in the final seven minutes and 51 seconds. Wright State cut a big MSU lead down to five at 53-48, but the Bears finished on a 13-2 run over the final eight minutes.
“If you go into a game and think you’re entitled to win it…you get a big slice of humble pie,” Lusk said. “You’ve got to be ready to go. We were ready to go, and I thought we did an outstanding job defensively.”
Obediah Church led the team with 13 points to go with 8 rebounds. Alize Johnson posted 12 points and grabbed 14 boards for his seventh double-double of the season.
Missouri State finishes non-conference play 10-3 and will open Valley at home play Friday against Loyola (10-2) at 8 pm.