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

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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