In the second half, MSU opened up its first double-figure lead quickly, scoring three quick layups out of the gate, including two by Weems, forcing an SIU timeout less than 90 seconds into the second stanza. With a 41-28 lead at that point, MSU extended its advantage to 20 for the first time on a Weems' jumper with 8:01 to go in the game and eventually led by 23 with just under six minutes remaining.
Weems' streak of 24 straight double-figure scoring games was snapped with a nine-point effort, while Nafis Ricks scored 12, and Adame Leonard added 11 behind three treys.
Mamadou Seck led SIU with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Southern Illinois shot .333 (19-of-57) from the field and 5-of-17 (.294) from three.
The victory for Missouri State also gave it its seventh MVC road win of the campaign, something the Bears had never done.
The regular-season finale against Wichita State begins at 12:02 p.m. at JQH Arena. The handful of remaining tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. at the JQH Arena Box Office. A student pep rally is planned for Noon Friday, with a pregame fan celebration starting at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday outside JQH
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Ricardo Ratliffe narrowly missed a
double-double in the first half and Laurence Bowers scored 18 of
his 20 points in the second to lead No. 20 Missouri to a 77-59
victory over Baylor on Wednesday night.
Kim English was 4 for 6 from 3-point range and had 16 points for
the Tigers (22-6, 8-5), who are the Big 12's only unbeaten team at
home (17-0). They've had at least a 15-point second-half lead in 12
of the last 13 games.
LaceDarius Dunn, who leads the Big 12 with a 20.8 average, was
scoreless in the first half for Baylor (17-10, 6-7) and finished
with 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting with six turnovers. Perry Jones
III had 10 points and 10 rebounds, rallying late after a 2-for-10
Ratliffe had eight of his 10 points and 12 of his 13 rebounds in
the first half. He has five double-doubles, two in the last three
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Marcus Britt's layup in the final
minute of overtime lifted Arkansas to a 77-76 win over No. 22
Kentucky on Wednesday night.
The Razorbacks trailed 76-75 in the extra period, and the
Wildcats had possession. However, Jeff Peterson stole an errant
Kentucky pass and found Britt at the other end of the court for the
Arkansas (17-9, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) improved to 1-3 in
overtime this season and gave coach John Pelphrey his first win in
four chances against his alma mater.
Rotnei Clarke led Arkansas with 26 points, and Marshawn Powell
Kentucky (19-8, 7-6) had three shots in the final seconds of
overtime. The last was a desperation 3-point attempt by freshman
Brandon Knight after an inbound play with 1.8 seconds remaining.
Knight scored 26 points for the Wildcats, who fell to 1-6 on the
road in SEC play.