Missouri State has a young team. MSU’s four freshmen accounted for over half of the Bears’ points in last Saturday’s win at Bradley. Winners in three of their last four, the Missouri State men are at Drake. Missouri State leads the all-time series with Drake, 39-12. The Bears and Bulldogs first met in 1986 in the only meeting in the series outside MVC play.
The Bears are 15-10 all-time at the Knapp Center, but Drake has won the last two games in the facility, including a decisive 78-43 decision in the most-recent matchup between the squads on 2/22/15. MSU has won of the last six matchups overall with the teams splitting the season series the last two years.
Camyn Boone (Sr., Mesa, Ariz.) is just 16 points away from reaching the 500-point milestone for his two-year career at MSU. He is also 15 rebounds shy of 300. He will be appearing in his 50th game for the Bears. In MVC games, five Missouri State players are averaging 8.0 points per game or better — Dequon Miller (11.8), Chris Kendrix (11.0), Camyn Boone (9.7), Obediah Church (8.8), and Ryan Kreklow (8.2).
Dorrian Williams (Sr., Oklahoma City, Okla.) returned to action at Bradley after missing the 4 previous games with a hamstring injury. He played 20 minutes off the bench, scored 4 points and notched a game-high 6 assists.
Obediah Church (Fr., Springfield, Ill.) is coming off game highs 13 points and 13 rebounds at Bradley in the Bears’ second Valley road win of the season. He is the first MSU freshman to post a double-double on the road since Drew Wilson logged 11 points and 11 rebounds at Tulsa on Dec. 5, 2012.
Ryan Kreklow (Fr., Columbia, Mo.) is averaging 9.8 points over the last 4 games while shooting 50-percent (9-for-18) from 3-point range and 77 percent (10-of-13) at the line. He has started the last two games.
This season, the Bears are 7-1 when shooting at a higher FG percentage than their opponent (0-10 when not).
MSU’s four freshmen accounted for 56 percent of the Bears’ points in last Saturday’s win at Bradley (34 of 61). Obediah Church (Springfield, Ill.) & Ryan Kreklow (Columbia, Mo.) notched career highs with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Obediah Church (Fr., Springfield, Ill.) has produced 20 dunks this season for Missouri State, the most on record by any Missouri State player and breaking the previous high of 18 set by Kyle Weems in 2009-10).