PEORIA, Ill. – Kyle Weems has a game-high 15 points in the first half to lead visiting Missouri State to 41-30 halftime lead at Bradley in Missouri Valley Conference play at Carver Arena.
The Bears (14-3, 6-0) are defending a league-best eight-game winning streak and scored their first nine points on three-pointers. They finished the half 6-of-10 (.600) from beyond the arc and 16-for-26 (.615) overall.
Missouri State took less than seven minutes to build a double-figure advantage over the Braves who are looking for their first conference win. At the 13:37 mark, Jermaine Mallett's put-back gave MSU a 15-5 lead. Bradley trimmed its deficit to as little as seven before Malltt pushed the Bears' lead back to double digits at 10 with his second trey of the opening half.
MSU led by as many as 15 in the opening period, when Weems scored a traditional three-point play with 1:06 remaining to lead 41-26.
Bradley, which committed just three first-half turnivers, scored the final four points of the period. Andrew Warren has a team-high 9 points for BU, which was 12-for-27 (.444) from the field and 2-for-4 (.500) beyond the arc.
Missouri State owns a comfortable 17-9 rebounding advantage, but has five turnivers and missed two of its five free throw attempts.