Swmissouri 34 30 64
Evansville 43 29 72
Date of game: 3/2/2012

Recap: Evansville vs. Missouri State

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kenneth Harris scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as Evansville beat Missouri State, 72-64, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Colt Ryan added 19 points and Denver Holmes 11 for the third-seeded Purple Aces (16-14), who will face No. 2 seed Creighton in Saturday's semifinal round at Scottrade Center.

Kyle Weems had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the sixth-seeded Bears (16-16), who also received 11 points from Caleb Patterson and 10 points from Anthony Downing.

Evansville led 43-34 at halftime and increased that margin to double digits early in the second half. Missouri State, which lost to Indiana State in the tourney final last year, couldn't make a run and ended up shooting just 4- of-16 from three-point range.

The Purple Aces, who have never won this conference tournament and were 4-17 in such contests coming into Friday, lost a thriller at Creighton, 93-92, in overtime on Feb. 21. Evansville also beat the Bluejays, currently the 25th- ranked team in the country, 65-57, on Feb. 7.

Game Notes

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