Jan. 13, 2012
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CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- One can usually count on strange things happening on Friday the 13th, but the fourth straight one-point decision between the Bears and Panthers took the cake for odd endings in a 61-60 UNI win at the McLeod Center.
Caleb Patterson posted a career-high 24 points for MSU on 7-of-8 shooting, with a 3-of-3 from night from three-point range and 7-for-7 effort at the line. Kyle Weems notched a game-high 9 rebounds for the visitors and scored 16.
In a game with 19 lead changes and nine ties, the final two minutes should have been memorable ones for Missouri State (11-7, 4-2), which took a 60-57 lead with 1:49 left on a tough-angle layup by Michael Bizoukas. UNI's Anthony James missed a short jumper on the Panthers' next possession, and the Bears took over with 90 seconds left.
After running the shot clock down, a wide-open Jarmar Gulley misfired on a three from the left corner for MSU, and UNI gathered in the rebound and quickly turned to James, who finished with 23 points. He converted a quick scoop shoot on the other end to make it a 60-59 game with 53 ticks to go.
The Bears called a timeout with 44.1 seconds left. On the next play, MSU got the ball to Weems who drove the lane and dished to Patterson with 22.6 seconds remaining. Johnny Moran stepped into Weems' path after he passed it, but sold the charge call to the officials, giving UNI the ball with a chance to win.
On the final possession of the night, UNI faced a lock-down MSU defense that stopped Jake Koch as he drove through the lane. The Bears appeared to force Koch into a travel, but his pass got through to Chip Rank. Rank also faced a wall of Bears and worked his way through the defense without dribbling, threw up a contested shot in traffic, and got the ball to fall with 2.2 seconds left.
Coach Paul Lusk signalled for a timeout, but it was not recognized, and the game clock was allowed to expire to ruin another solid Bears' on the road.
MSU was held to just 40.7 percent shooting (22-for-54) but made 8-of-21 (.381) from long distance and 8-of-9 (.889) at the line. The team's only missed charity shot was a crucial Weems miss with 2:19 to play on the front end of a one-and-one. The Bears were out-rebounded 33-32, but gave up only 8 second-chance points and committed just 12 turnovers.
UNI (13-5, 3-3) was 23-for-53 (.434) from the field, 7-of-19 (.368) from bonus distance and 8-of-10 (.800) at the line. James was the only Panther in double figures and also led his club in rebounding with 8.
Bizoukas had a game-high 7 assists for MSU to go with just one turnover and 6 rebounds..
Weems had 11 and Patterson scored 10 in the first half to put MSU up 32-28 at the break. There were eight lead changes in the first eight minutes before Michael Bizoukas found Jarmar Gulley alone for a layup at the 10:56 mark to put the Bears up 16-15. MSU would never trail again the rest of the half, although the Panthers tied the game on a three-pointer by Jake Koch with 9:38 on the first-stanza clock.
Weems responded 32 seconds later with his second three of the opening half to push MSU back on top. The Bears extended their first-half lead to 30-24 on a traditional three-point play by Patterson with just under four minutes to go, and Weems closed out the first-half scoring with a baseline right jumper in the final minute to give the visitors a four-point edge at the break.
Missouri State returns to JQH Arena on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. to take on Evansville (7-9, 2-4).