SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State Bears returned to JQH Arena last night to play Evansville. In our Bear Nation Report, the Bears were looking for their third straight win. Evansville on the other hand has not won a road game this season.
The Bears Tulio Da Silva is the Valley player of the week, and spins to the hole to make it 5-4 Bears. Then Josh Webster with the steal, to Jan Voyshek, he misses the dunk, but Da Silva is there for the follow up dunk, it’s 19-18 Missouri State.
More Bears defense, the steal, to Ross Owens to Jarred Dixon for the hoop it’s 24-18 Missouri State. Then Owens, the walkon, with the high arcing three, it’s 27-18 Bears. Then Webster strong to the rack for the monster slam, 29-22 Missouri State.
But Evansville ended the first half on a 12-2 run and had a one point lead.
Second half, Da Silva again for the slam dunk, it’s Bears back in front 41-40. Then Jared Dixon with the three, Missouri State by six 46-40.
The aces make another late run, Devan Straub with the three, its 60-56 Evansville. Then Evan Kullman with another three, Evansville with a dozen of them, and the Aces win 70-64.
“Obviously I feel sorry for our seniors tonight. We play as well as we needed to play in order to beat a solid team on our home court. Some positives, more negatives. We struggled from the free throw line and a reoccurring theme is our three point line defense which we’ll have to get figured out,” said Missouri State Head Coach Dana Ford.
Sunday’s big AFC championship game will feature a battle of quarterbacks.
On the one hand you have the grizzled old veteran in Tom Brady for the Patriots. On the other hand you have the young record setting gun slinger in the Chiefs Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes was at practice today in KC along with Eric Berry who participated in drills as well. He’d love to go Sunday.
Mahomes set franchise records with his 50 regular season touchdown passes and more than 5,000 yards through the air.
Today the Football Writers of America named the second year pro their league Most Valuable Player, and the Offensive Player of the Year.
Mahomes met with reporters today for the first time this week to talk about the championship game.
“There are four teams left and you’re playing against the Patriots who are in the AFC championship game every single year of my life pretty much. So it’s a huge game. We’re excited for the opportunity and we’re glad we’re playing the best and compete against the best at this time of year,” said Mahomes.
I’m Dan Lucy with your morning sports.