ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Valparaiso brought the Missouri State Men’s Basketball season to an end Saturday as the Crusaders topped the Bears 89-82 in the conference semifinals.
The Bears finish with a record of 16-17, 9-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Keandre Cook finished with 26 points for MSU while Javon Freeman Liberty led all scorers with 29 for the Crusaders.
“I’m just so grateful to get the opportunity to be a big impact on our team,” Missouri State Senior Ross Owens said. “We obviously didn’t get the result that we wanted today. It’s hard knowing it’s all over.”
“I just thought that they played harder,” Head Coach Dana Ford said. “I thought it was really that simple. You know you can look at some of those 50-50 balls down there. They just got them and we didn’t get them.”
Valpo will face Bradley Sunday at 1:10 pm at the Enterprise Center in the Valley Championship game with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line.