Drake 36 27 63
Swmissouri 39 30 69
Date of game: 2/12/2014

Recap: Missouri State vs. Drake

Springfield, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Led by 18 points from Keith Pickens, the Missouri State Bears downed the Drake Bulldogs, 69-63, in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at JGH Arena.

For the Bears (17-8, 7-6 MVC), Christian Kirk added 12 points and Jarmar Gulley scored 11.

Aaron Hawley led the Bulldogs (12-13, 3-10) with 18 points and Richard Carter chipped in with 17 points.

Missouri State shot 42.9 percent from the field in the opening period but knocked down 6-of-11 from beyond the arc, as the Bears had the lead at halftime, 39-36. Drake had a very good start from the field in the half, hitting on 63.6 percent of its field goal tries, including 5-of-10 from beyond the arc, but the Bulldogs were outscored from the free-throw line 9-3 in the opening period.

Both squads struggled from the field after the break. Missouri State made just 30.8 percent of its shots and missed all 10 of its 3-point tries. Drake was little better, shooting 41.7 percent and just 1-of-9 from deep. The Bears again took advantage of their time at the line, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-6 from the charity stripe in the half. The Bears went ahead for good early in the second half and held on down the stretch for the victory.

Missouri State forced 13 turnovers and converted them into 19 points. Drake had the edge in points in the paint, 32-26.

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