Missouri State Caps Exhibition Slate with I-44 Challenge Win

Missouri State Caps Exhibition Slate with I-44 Challenge Win

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Nov. 5, 2011

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JOPLIN, Mo. -- Missouri State got 23 points from Kyle Weems and shot 57.4 percent from the field to secure a 84-48 exhibition men's basketball win here Saturday over Missouri Southern in the I-44 Challenge.

The event was a fund-raising benefit with all proceeds from the game going directly to the Missouri Southern Foundation's Tornado Emergency Relief Fund.

Weems led four Bears in double figures, as Caleb Patterson scored 13, Christian Kirk poured in 11, and Jarmar Gulley contributed 10 for MSU which capped a three-game exhibition slate.

The Bears jumped out of the gates with an 18-4 lead in the first six minutes as Weems, Gulley and Patterson accounted for all the MSU scoring in the first seven minutes.

Kirk's layup at the 5:30 mark of the first stanza opened up a 43-9 lead for the visiting Bears. The Lions, however, closed out the half on a 12-3 run to make it 46-21 at the intermission.

The second half saw Missouri Southern climb within 48-24 on a three-pointer by Christian Salecich. Marquis Addison kept it a 24-point game with a pair of free throws at the 18:38 mark with the home crowd of 2,977 bringing the Division II program back to new life.

But the Bears looked to Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year Kyle Weems to turn the tides as he threw down a dunk 45 seconds later, and the supporting cast did the rest. MSU built its advantage back to 38 points at 69-31 with a three-pointer by Nathan Scheer with 10:25 to go and were never threatened again.

Missouri Southern, which was led by Addison with 15 points, also got 11 from Stephen Atkinson. The Lions scored seven points in the final five minutes from the free throw line.

Missouri State finished 35-for-61 (.574) from the field with six three-pointers and were 8-for-11 (.727) from the line. MSU committed an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers, but forced 21, and gathered 12 steals and 19 assists.

The Bears will open the 2011-12 regular season this Friday at Nevada, a 9 p.m. (Central) tipoff in Reno.

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