Swmissouri 77
Drake 65
Date of game: 1/5/2013

Recap: Drake vs. Missouri State

Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) - Anthony Downing scored 24 points for the Missouri State Bears as they took a 77-65, Missouri Valley Conference win over the Drake Bulldogs at the Knapp Center.

Downing was 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, for the Bears (4-11, 2-1 MVC), who have now won two of their last three after an eight game losing streak. Gavin Thurman (13 points), Marcus Marshall (11 points), and Keith Pickens (10 points) all scored in double-figures for Missouri State.

Joey King scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs (6-8, 0-3), who dropped their third in a row. Ben Simons managed 17 points and five rebounds while Chris Hines tallied 10 points.

The Bears led 36-26 at halftime after Drake shot just 26.9 percent from the floor in the first half.

In the second half, Missouri State shot an efficient 56.5 percent from the field and outscored the Bulldogs 41-39.

Drake shot 41.8 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from downtown while the Bears were 51.0 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from long-range.

Game Notes

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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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