Missouri State (10-21, 7-11 MVC) got 15 points apiece from Christian Kirk and its only senior Anthony Downing to help turn back visiting Bradley here Saturday, 64-56, in the regular-season finale for both Missouri Valley Conference clubs. Jordan Prosser and Walt Lemon, Jr., each scored 13 points for Bradley (16-15, 7-11), while Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
With the victory, the Bears clinched the No. 7 seed for next week’s MVC Tournament in St. Louis and secured their 42nd straight winning record at home, finishing 8-7 at JQH Arena.
Paul Lusk’s squad will play No. 10 seeded Southern Illinois (14-16, 6-12) in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, starting at approximately 8:30 p.m., Thursday.