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Bears hold off Illinois State

Adam Leonard scored 20 points and made several key plays down the stretch, and Kyle Weems added 19 points to help Missouri State hold off Illinois State 68-64 on Friday night in Springfield, Mo.

Missouri State rode its starters for most of the game, never able to pull away until the closing seconds in its biggest win so far. Jermaine Mallett added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears in their first home game since Dec. 9.

Illinois State clawed back after numerous Missouri State runs, pulling even in the closing seconds before coming up just short. Jackie Carmichael had 14 points, Osiris Eldridge 13 and Dinma Odiakosa 11 for the Redbirds.

An 11-win team a year ago, Missouri State (12-1) has used scrappy defense and interchangeable parts on offense for its best start since opening 13-1 under Steve Alford in 1996-97.

ILLINOIS ST. (10-3): Eldridge 5-12 0-0 13, Carmichael 6-6 2-4 14, Odiakosa 4-10 3-3 11, Rubin 2-6 0-0 6, Phillips 4-7 0-0 9, A.Hill 4-9 0-0 8, Thornton 1-4 0-0 3, Clark 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 0-3 0-0 0, Mishler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 5-7 64.

MISSOURI ST. (12-1): Mallett 5-12 4-5 15, Weems 6-10 2-2 19, Creekmore 4-6 0-0 8, Pickens 1-2 0-0 2, Leonard 5-12 6-6 20, Fuehrmeyer 0-1 2-2 2, Ricks 0-1 0-0 0, Patterson 1-5 0-0 2, Jehle 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Rhine 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 14-15 68.

Halftime—Missouri St. 31-28. 3-Point Goals—Illinois St. 7-22 (Eldridge 3-8, Rubin 2-6, Phillips 1-3, Thornton 1-3, A.Hill 0-2), Missouri St. 10-27 (Weems 5-7, Leonard 4-10, Mallett 1-5, Ricks 0-1, Jones 0-1, Creekmore 0-1, Patterson 0-2). Fouled Out—Eldridge. Rebounds—Illinois St. 31 (Odiakosa 9), Missouri St. 34 (Mallett 11). Assists—Illinois St. 12 (Eldridge, A.Hill, Phillips 3), Missouri St. 15 (Fuehrmeyer, Leonard 5). Total Fouls—Illinois St. 20, Missouri St. 12. A—10,008.

Other MVC

S. Illinois 86, Bradley 81

S. ILLINOIS (9-2): Fay 5-9 2-3 14, Evans 1-1 1-2 3, Dillard 5-15 6-8 17, T.Freeman 8-13 2-2 23, Bocot 5-7 4-4 16, Brown-Surles 0-3 0-0 0, Teague 2-2 1-1 5, Booker 1-2 2-2 4, J.Freeman 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 27-54 22 -26 86.

BRADLEY (6-6): Brown 7-13 10-10 25, Egolf 6-8 1-3 13, Maniscalco 2-7 1-1 5, Roberts 4-8 1-3 10, Warren 7-13 9-10 24, McCain 0-1 0-0 0, Eastman 1-4 0-0 2, Phillips 0-0 0-0 0, Singh 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-57 22 -27 81.

Halftime—Bradley 49-36. 3-Point Goals—S. Illinois 10-21 (T.Freeman 5-9, Bocot 2-3, Fay 2-4, Dillard 1-4, Brown-Surles 0-1), Bradley 3-11 (Roberts 1-1, Brown 1-2, Warren 1-2, Eastman 0-1, McCa in 0-1, Maniscalco 0-4). Fouled Out—Egolf. Rebounds—S. Illinois 30 (Dillard, Evans 6), Bradley 30 (Egolf 10). Assists—S. Illinois 18 (Dillard 12), Bradley 15 (Roberts 6). Total Fouls—S. Illinois 25, Bradley 24. Technicals—Bocot, Roberts. A—10,236.

N. IOWA 65, EVANSVILLE 46

EVANSVILLE (6-6): Taylor 2-4 1-3 5, Ryan 0-4 0-0 0, Holmes 7-16 2-2 17, van Tongeren 1-4 1-2 3, Hopf 2-9 0-0 4, Jones 2-2 0-0 4, Hudson 2-5 0-0 6, Cox 1-3 0-2 2, Bouchie 2-2 1-1 5. Totals 19-49 5-10 46.

N. IOWA (11-1): Farokhmanesh 1-2 0-0 3, Ahelegbe 3-7 0-0 7, Moran 4-7 5-5 15, A.Koch 4-8 7-7 16, Eglseder 3-7 0-0 6, Haak 0-0 0-0 0, J.Koch 2-3 0-0 6, Dunham 2-4 4-4 8, Sonnen 1-4 0-0 2, O'Rear 1-4 0-0 2, Pe hl 0-0 0-0 0, Rodenberg 0-0 0-0 0, James 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 16-16 65.

Halftime—Evansville 33-31. 3-Point Goals—Evansville 3-11 (Hudson 2-4, Holmes 1-6, Cox 0-1), N. Iowa 7-17 (J.Koch 2-3, Moran 2-4, Ahelegbe 1-1, Farokhmanesh 1-2, A.Koch 1-3, James 0-1, Eglsede r 0-1, Dunham 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Evansville 23 (Bouchie, Taylor 4), N. Iowa 35 (Eglseder 9). Assists—Evansville 5 (Cox 2), N. Iowa 8 (Dunham, A.Koch 3). Total Fouls—Evansville 17, N. Iowa 13. A—4,450.

Indiana St. 70, Creighton 64

CREIGHTON (5-8): Carter 2-5 0-0 4, Harriman 0-1 0-0 0, Lawson Jr. 5-11 3-4 13, Witter 0-5 7-8 7, Young 2-10 2-5 6, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Stinnett 8-13 1-3 19, Bock 2-3 1-1 6, Millard 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 0-1 0-0 0, Runnels 0-0 2-2 2, Ashford 2-5 3-5 7, Wragge 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 19-28 64.

INDIANA ST. (9-4): Richard 2-6 4-4 8, Leitnaker 0-3 4-6 4, Reed 7-14 2-3 18, Lathan 2-9 9-12 13, Marshall 4-10 1-1 10, Doluony 1-2 1-2 3, Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 1-1 0-0 2, Printy 1-4 1-2 4, Carter 2-3 3-4 8. Totals 20-53 25-34 70.

Halftime—Indiana St. 34-27. 3-Point Goals—Creighton 3-19 (Stinnett 2-4, Bock 1-2, Korver 0-1, Harriman 0-1, Carter 0-1, Ashford 0-1, Young 0-2, Wragge 0-2, Witter 0-5), Indiana St. 5-20 (Reed 2-7, Carter 1-2, Printy 1-3, Marshall 1-3, Richard 0-1, Doluony 0-1, Leitnaker 0-1, Lathan 0-2). Fouled Out—Reed. Rebounds—Creighton 38 (Lawson Jr. 14), Indiana St. 36 (Marshall 7). Assists—Cre ighton 7 (Young 2), Indiana St. 7 (Lathan 4). Total Fouls—Creighton 22, Indiana St. 23. A—4,017.

Top 25

No. 4 Purdue 77, No. 6 W. Va. 62

WEST VIRGINIA (11-1): Butler 5-14 5-5 17, Ebanks 3-7 4-4 11, Jones 5-8 0-0 12, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Flowers 1-1 0-0 2, Bryant 3-6 0-0 7, Mazzulla 0-1 0-1 0, Pepper 2-2 0-0 5, Thoroughman 1-4 0-0 2, Mitchell 1-3 0-0 3 , Jennings 0-0 0-0 0, West 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-48 9-10 62.

PURDUE (13-0): Kramer 0-1 0-0 0, Hummel 7-8 2-3 18, Grant 4-8 0-0 8, Johnson 8-14 9-11 25, Moore 5-14 4-7 15, Barlow 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 2-5 2-2 7, Byrd 0-1 0-0 0, Wohlford 0-0 0-0 0, Bade 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28 -56 17-23 77.

Halftime—Purdue 37-32. 3-Point Goals—West Virginia 9-12 (Jones 2-2, Butler 2-3, Ebanks 1-1, Pepper 1-1, West 1-1, Bryant 1-1, Mitchell 1-2, Smith 0-1), Purdue 4-12 (Hummel 2-3, Moore 1-3, Smi th 1-4, Byrd 0-1, Grant 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—West Virginia 32 (Jones 8), Purdue 28 (Johnson 10). Assists—West Virginia 12 (Ebanks, Thoroughman 3), Purdue 11 (Grant, Moore 3). Total Fouls—West Virginia 16, Purdue 18. A—14,123.

No. 20 T. Tech 76, McNeese St. 75

MCNEESE ST. (5-8): Morning 6-9 1-4 13, P.Richard 7-16 2-3 18, D.Richard 1-3 0-0 2, Kapelan 7-18 2-2 20, Collins 0-4 0-0 0, Neal 2-4 1-2 6, Martin 3-5 0-0 8, Alawoya 4-7 0-1 8. Totals 30-66 6-12 75.

TEXAS TECH (11-2): Roberts 0-1 0-0 0, Cohadarevic 3-10 2-2 8, Singletary 8-14 11-15 27, Roberson 3-6 3-4 12, Okorie 3-5 6-9 13, Reese 1-7 3-3 5, Davis 0-0 1-2 1, Tairu 3-9 4-4 10, Lewandowski 0-3 0-2 0, Jenkin s 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 30-41 76.

Halftime—McNeese St. 44-39. 3-Point Goals—McNeese St. 9-23 (Kapelan 4-14, P.Richard 2-2, Martin 2-3, Neal 1-1, Collins 0-3), Texas Tech 4-10 (Roberson 3-4, Okorie 1-2, Tairu 0-2, Reese 0-2). Fouled Out—D.Richard. Rebounds—McNeese St. 47 (Alawoya 9), Texas Tech 34 (Cohadarevic 9). Assists—McNeese St. 16 (Collins 6), Texas Tech 10 (Roberson 5). Total Fouls—McNeese St. 26, Texas Tech 1 4. A—9,972.

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