SPRINGFIELD – Despite a 12-point first half from Kyle Weems, Missouri State trails visiting Bradley by a 36-35 margin at the intermission at JQH Arena in a key Missouri Valley Conference battle.
The Bears (18-6, 10-3 MVC) wasted little time racing out to a 12-2 lead in the first three-and-a-half minutes, collecting a trio of three-pointers in that span, and a traditional three-point play by Weems before the first media timeout.
From there, the Braves battled back with a 13-0 run to take a 15-12 advantage on a bank shot by Will Egolf at the 12:52 mark.
MSU freshman Nathan Scheer tied the game on a trey at the 12:39 mark. After three ties and six lead changes the rest of the way, Bradley struck last on a quick hit by Andrew Warren with 45 ticks to go that put Bradley up at the half, 36-35.
Missouri State was 8-for-17 (.462) from three-point range in the first half and 12-for-26 (.462) overall from the field while owning a 13-12 rebounding lead.
Bradley, which was led by Warren with eight points, was 15-for-26 (.577) from the field and 4-of-6 (.667) from beyond the arc.
The Bears are trying to move into a first-place tie in the MVC standings with Wichita State (10-4) which lost to Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at Koch Arena.