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Bears Host Weekend Games to Kick Off Hall of Fame Classic

GAMES 2-3 - Missouri State Bears (1-0) vs. Robert Morris (0-1) Friday  |  vs. Stetson (1-0)  Sunday
Dates and Times vs. RMU, Friday, Nov. 9, 7:00 p.m. | vs. Stetson, Sunday, Nov. 11, 3:00 p.m.
Location JQH Arena (11,000) | Springfield, Mo.
Tickets RMU Tickets | Stetson Tickets | Missouri State students admitted free with BearPass ID
Radio KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner) | MSU Radio Network | Listen Live
Television ESPN3 (Watch RMU Game) | KOZL-TV (Watch Stetson Game) | MSU TV Network
Series First Meeting vs. Robert Morris | Series Tied, 1-1, vs. Stetson
Live Stats Live Stats
Game Notes Missouri State | Robert Morris | Stetson | MVC Notebook | MSU Media Guide
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Promotions National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, powered by ShotTracker
Up Next The Bears travel to Kansas City on Nov. 19 to play Nebraska at 6 p.m., before taking on either USC or Texas Tech on Nov. 20

The Ten Count
  • Missouri State begins play in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, powered by ShotTracker, this weekend with a pair of home games at JQH Arena. The Bears will take on Robert Morris on Friday at 7 p.m., before squaring off with Stetson at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The event continues at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Nov. 19-20.
  • The Bears' opening night crowd of 5,014 against Oral Roberts was the club's top Tuesday night home attendance since 5,455 attended MSU's 72-56 win over Loyola on Feb. 15, 2014. In that game, Christian Kirk scored 16 points, while Jarmar Gulley posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Missouri State is 103-44 (.700) over the last nine seasons at JQH Arena. This will be the first appearance at "The Q" by both Robert Morris and Stetson.
  • Bears' first-year head coach Dana Ford is 2-0 in his coaching career against Stetson. While he was head coach at Tennessee State, Ford defeated Stetson, 74-54, on Dec. 5, 2015 and then 93-90 on Dec. 14, 2015.
  • After pouring in a career-high 26 points against Oral Roberts in the season opener Tuesday, Jarred Dixon (Kansas City, Mo.) now needs 149 points to reach 1,000 for his career. MSU has had 28 1,000-point scorers in its proud history, but none since Kyle Weems reached the milestone in 2011.
  • Obediah Church (Sr., Springfield, Ill.) is approaching a home-game milestone, as he enters the weekend needing just 8 rebounds to reach 300 career caroms at JQH Arena.  In 48 games at home, Church ranks as the third-best rebounder in the history of the facility, ranking only behind Kyle Weems (433) and Alize Johnson (390).
  • Dixon celebrated his 22nd birthday on Thursday. One of four seniors on the 2018-19 Bears' roster, Dixon has played in 97 games for the maroon and white during his career in Springfield.
  • MSU's 21 assists against Oral Roberts in the season opener marked the first time since Nov. 11, 2016 (vs. Alabama A&M) that MSU had recorded 20 assists in a game.  
  • Josh Webster (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) was impressive in his Missouri State debut Tuesday, tallying a career-high 9 assists and scoring 6 points and 6 rebounds in a starting role. The Texas Tech transfer posted 8 assists in the first half.
  • Missouri State's 52 points in the paint against Oral Roberts on Nov. 6 marked just the third time in the last 10 years
    that the Bears had tallied 50 points in the paint, also doing so Nov. 11, 2016 against Alabama A&M and against Central Arkansas on Dec. 4, 2010.
Coach Dana Ford
  • Dana Ford (Illinois State, 2006) is 1-0 (1.000) in his first season at Missouri State, including a 1-0 ledger at JQH Arena. He is now 58-65 (.471) in his fifth season as a head coach, including a 2-0 mark vs. Stetson.
  • He was introduced as Missouri State's 18th men's basketball coach on March 22, 2018 after coaching the previous four seasons at Tennessee State. The native of Tamms, Illinois was 57-65 (.467) at Tennessee State, including a 52-39 ledger in his last three seasons in Nashville.  
  • Ford, 33, was awarded the Ben Jobe Award in 2016 as the nation's top Division I minority coach. That same year, he was named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and NABC District 19 Coach of the Year after engineering one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history, swaying Tennessee State from a 5-26 record in his first season to a 20-11 mark in 2015-16.
  • He coached five All-OVC players in addition to two players recognized on the OVC All-Newcomer Team. Under his leadership, Tennessee State also doubled its home attendance average and twice earned votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll during the 2016-17 season.
  • TheAthletic.com named Bears' head coach Dana Ford to its list of 30 "up and coming coaches to keep an eye on" during its 2018-19 preseason basketball coverage.
Series History
  • Friday's game is the first-ever meeting between the Bears and Robert Morris.
  • MSU is 1-1 all-time against Stetson, but Sunday's game is the first-ever meeting at JQH Arena between the two clubs. The Bears defeated Stetson, 98-71, at the NAIA National Tournament (round of 16) in Kansas City in 1953 before the Hatters scored an 80-76 win at Hammons Student Center on Dec. 28, 2000.
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