Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 7th)
Final Score: Drake 81, Bradley 66
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Hines scored 16 points for the ninth- seeded Drake Bulldogs who dispatched the eighth-seeded Bradley Braves, 81-66, in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.
Joey King added 15 points off bench and Gary Ricks contributed 14 points, also as a reserve, for Drake (15-16).
Jake Eastman scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds, Will Egolf also had 15 points, Walt Lemon Jr. tallied 14 points and six assists while Tyshon Pickett tacked on 11 points for Bradley (16-16).
The Bulldogs played well in the first half as they shot 53.3 percent from the field and drilled 7-of-15 attempts from 3-point range. With Bradley shooting at a 44.8 percent rate the Bulldogs led 41-32 going into the break.
After halftime the Bulldogs shot a solid 45.8 percent from the floor, made five 3-pointers and nailed 13-of-16 attempts from the free-throw line to cruise into the quarterfinals where they will face top seed Creighton.
Drake connected on 12 shots from beyond the arc in the contest and outscored the Braves 15-5 from the charity stripe.
Final Score: Missouri State 61, Southern Illinois 53
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Marcus Marshall scored 18 points to lead the seventh-seeded Missouri State Bears to a 61-53 victory over the 10th-seeded Southern Illinois Salukis in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center.
Anthony Downing added 16 points and Christian Kirk had 10 points and eight rebounds for Missouri State (11-21) which will battle No. 2 seed Wichita State in the next round.
Anthony Beane Jr. and Desmar Jackson each scored 12 points for Southern Illinois (14-17).
In the first half Missouri State shot at a 52.2 percent clip and earned a 7-1 edge on points from the free-throw line to go into the locker room leading 32-22. Southern Illinois made good on 45.5 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
The Salukis improved to 57.1 percent shooting in the second half but the Bears managed to knock in 9-of-13 shots from the free-throw line to hold them off.
SIU had a game-high 16 turnovers and was outrebounded by a 27-22 margin.
03/08 00:26:39 ET