Bears Snag Key Road Win at Drake on Saturday

Bears Snag Key Road Win at Drake on Saturday

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Feb. 4, 2012

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Missouri State (14-11, 7-6) got 17 points from Kyle Weems and 12 from Anthony Downing to pick up a 57-39 road win over Drake here Saturday in Missouri Valley Conference play.

It was the Bears' seventh road win of the season as they remained tied with Illinois State for third place in the MVC standings.

MSU shot 44.7 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Bulldogs by a 36-27 margin to secure the season sweep.

Drake (13-11, 6-7) finished 12-for-44 (.273) from the field and went eight-and-a-half minutes before they made their first field goal of the second half. DU, which played without starter Ben Simons, was just 5-for-20 from the field in the second stanza.

After leading 33-20 at the break and holding Drake without a bucket in the early part of the second period, the visitors kept coming and climbed ahead 44-23 at the 13:16 mark on a layup by Christian Kirk.

Kirk finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.

Drake's Aaron Hawley broke the ice at the 11:34 mark with a three-pointer from the right corner to trim the Bears' lead to 18 to give his club its first basket of the second period.

DU's 1-for-12 start to begin the final half was too much to overcome. And, when Weems knocked down a three-pointer as the shot clock expired at the 7:43 mark, the Bears increased their lead to 24.

The Bears were able to hold the 20-point lead until the final two-and-a-half minutes when they went into game management mode to run out the clock.

The Bears were 21-for-47 from the field and 5-of-15 (.333) from bonus distance. MSU was also 10-for-14 (.714) at the line and had 12 turnovers.

Jarmar Gulley led MSU with 8 rebounds, and Downing distributed 4 assists.

Drake was 7-for-20 (.350) from long range and 8-of-12 (.667) at the line with 14 turnovers. Hawley scored 12 points, all from three-point range, to lead the Bulldogs.

In the first half, Missouri State has shot 50 percent from the field to take a 33-20 lead into the break.

After a quick bucket by Michael Bizoukas to start the game, the Bears fell behind 5-2 two-and-a-half minutes into the contest. The Knapp Center faithful were soon quieted when Weems dropped in a pair of quick baseline left jumpers to start a 6-0 MSU run, and the Bears never trailed again the remainder of the opening period.

Weems and Gulley helped give the Bears some breathing room with under five minutes left in the opening half. Weems knocked down a pair of free throws at the 4:49 mark, and Gulley converted a close-range layup at 3:26 to give the Bears their first double-figure lead of the night, 28-17.

Hawley later dropped in a right-win three-pointer for the Bulldogs to make it 28-20 with three minutes remaining. But the Bears scored the last five points of the half, including a traditional three-point play by Kirk and a long-range two by Downing just four seconds before the halftime horn sounded.

The Bears conclude a two-game league road stand Wednesday at Southern Illinois (8-16, 5-8), a 7 p.m. start in Carbondale.

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