Missouri State shot 63.2 percent from the field and made three free throws in the final 5.5 seconds to score a 65-61 win over Loyola Chicago here Sunday afternoon, pushing the Bears into a first-place tie with Loyola and Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference.
MSU (15-12, 9-5 MVC) got 18 points from Keandre Cook on 7-of-9 shooting, while Tulio Da Silva pitched in 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Jarred Dixon scored 10 for Missouri State, which won its fifth Valley road game for the first time since 2011-12.
Loyola (16-11, 9-5) was led by Cameron Krutwig and Marques Townes with 24 and 23 points, respectively.
The Bears led for nearly 30 minutes, building eight-point leads in both halves, but fell behind 56-55 after a Townes layup with 3:55 to go. But after the media timeout that followed, Cook sank a high-arching jumper from the right baseline to push Missouri State back on top by one. [Read more…]