Tulio Da Silva scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half to help lift Missouri State to a 65-52 come-from-behind win over visiting Evansville here Tuesday in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both squads.
Lamont West and Isiaih Mosley also poured in 13 points apiece to help the Bears’ cause.
MSU (7-7, 1-0 MVC) fell behind by 13 in the early going, but overcame a sluggish start by shooting 59.3 percent in the second half and outscoring the Purple Aces by a 48-22 margin over the game’s final 22 minutes.
Evansville (9-5, 0-1) got 13 points from K.J. Riley and 12 from DeAndre Williams who also snagged a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Bears made just seven of their first 22 shots to start the afternoon, while Evansville used runs of 10-1, 8-3 and 7-2 to take a 30-17 lead with 2:20 left in the opening half. But with just under two minutes remaining before the break, Mosley splashed home his second 3-pointer of the opening stanza to put a dent in the deficit. Tyrik Dixon then stole the ensuing inbound pass and converted a quick layup to whittle MSU’s deficit to 30-22.
Both teams would add a free throw before the intermission to give the Aces a 31-23 lead at the halfway point, but Missouri State came out throwing haymakers in the second half. [Read more…]