Jared Ridder

Men's Basketball MSU Athletics Communications

Bears Conclude Non-Conference Play Sunday at Home

GAME 13 - Missouri State Bears (5-7) vs. William Woods Owls (6-5)
Date and Time Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 5:02 p.m.
Location JQH Arena (11,000) | Springfield, Mo.
Tickets WWU Tickets | Missouri State students admitted free with BearPass ID
Radio KTXR (101.3 FM) (Shane Friebe, Mike Keltner) | MSU Radio Network | Listen Live
Television ESPN+ (Watch) | (Corey Riggs, Mike McClure)
Series Missouri State leads 1-0 | Last meeting: MSU 77, WWU 56 (11/27/15) [Box Score]
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Promotions Ticket holders for MSU women's game free bleacher seats | $5 Bleachers | $15 game-day tickets in Sections E, J, O and P
Up Next The Bears open MVC play on Jan. 2 at Southern Illinois before returning home to JQH Arena on Saturday, Jan. 5 to play Valparaiso at 1 p.m. [Valpo Game Tickets]

Box Office Holiday Hours
  The Old Missouri Bank Box Office at JQH Arena will operate with the following hours during the holiday break
  • Dec 26-27: JQH and HSC open at 8 a.m. all day (in-person sales only, no phones)
  • Dec 28-29: JQH and HSC open at 3 p.m. (in-person sales only, no phones)
  • Dec 30: JQH open at 10 a.m.
  • Dec 31 - Jan 2: closed
  • Jan 3 - resume normal 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours

The Ten Count
  • The Bears conclude non-conference play and wrap a two-game home stand Sunday when they take on in-state foe William Woods University, an NAIA program (American Midwest Conference) from Fulton.  
  • The Bears are 5-0 at home this season and looking to win six straight at JQH Arena for the first time since reeling off eight straight home wins last season from Nov. 24, 2017 to Jan. 17, 2018. Missouri State (5-0) and Drake (5-0) are the only MVC teams still undefeated at home this season.
  • Tulio Da Silva (Jr., Formiga, Brazil) has scored in double figures in 6 straight games -- all starts. He is coming off team-highs 22 points and 8 rebounds in the win over UAPB on Dec. 22. Da Silva is 26-of-39 (.667) from the field over last 4 games. The transfer from USF was declared eligible by the NCAA on Nov. 24.
  • Josh Webster (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) is coming off a 15-assist effort against UAPB, matching the most assists by any Missouri State player in the program's Division I era. It also tied the third-most assists in Bears' history, in addition to breaking a JQH Arena record. In two games last week, Webster had 20 assists and 1 turnover in a pair of starts.
  • MSU is coming off a 93-72 home win over UAPB on Dec. 22, the most points scored by the Bears against a Division I foe since posting 96 against Alabama A&M on Nov. 11, 2016. MSU also committed a season-low 8 turnovers vs. UAPB.
  • Senior Jarred Dixon (G, Kansas City, Mo.) reached 1,000 career points in the team's win over UAPB, making him the 29th player in Bears history to reach that milestone and first since Kyle Weems in 2011. Dixon is 13 points shy of moving into the MSU scoring all-time top 25.
  • The Bears are 107-44 (.709) over their last 151 games at JQH Arena. MSU is also 7-1 all-time at The Q against teams from the state of Missouri. The Bears are rapidly approaching 1 million in total JQH Arena home attendance -- just 26,308 shy of that milestone.
  • Over the last three games, Keandre Cook (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) is 5-of-7 (.714) from 3-point range. Cook has scored in double figures 10 times in 12 games this season and four straight. He is averaging 15.0 points per game over the last four contests, while his 14.8 points per game overall ranks 9th in the MVC.
  • Webster leads the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3.63 assist-to-turnover ratio, which also ranks 15th nationally.
  • Ryan Kreklow (Sr., Columbia, Mo.) has started six straight games and has made at least one 3-pointer in each game, combining to make 15-of-31 (.484) in that span. He is also averaging 9.7 points per game as a starter and has converted 12 straight free throws dating back to Nov. 20.
Coach Dana Ford
  • Dana Ford (Illinois State, 2006) is 5-7 (.417) in his first season at Missouri State, including a 5-0 ledger at JQH Arena. He is now 62-72 (.463) in his fifth season as a head coach and 0-0 all-time vs. William Woods.
  • 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
  • Missouri State won the only previous regular-season meeting between the clubs, 77-56, on Nov. 27, 2015 at JQH Arena.
  • The Bears earned their first win of the 2015-16 season by holding William Woods to 28.1 percent shooting and forcing 16 turnovers. Camyn Boone scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead MSU, while Chris Kendrix scored 12, Dequon Miller tacked on 11, and Jarred Dixon scored 10 points off the bench.
Rebound Foundation
  • Bears' head coach Dana Ford and his wife, Christina, are founders of the Rebound Foundation. The not-for-profit raises funds and awareness to help renew and restore women who have experienced a life of domestic abuse. The foundation provides a stable home and fresh start to abuse victims and their children. The Rebound Foundation currently provides homes in Springfield, Mo., and Chicago, Ill.
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