Chris Collins, The Black Bear – Four Bears scored in double digits as the Missouri State Bears won comfortable over Evasnville. The Bears got back to their identity which saw them experience so much success in the earlier parts of the season. That identity being defending at a high level and rebounding. The Bears out rebounded Evasnville 45 to 22. They also had 17 offensive rebounds while holding Evansville to 37 percent, that’s a recipe for victory against any team.
The Bears seem to have overcome to the toughest stretch of their season winning two of their last two games after losing five in a row. Over the past two games the Bears have held their opponents to 33 percent shooting compared to 49 percent when they lost five in a row.
With four games left until the Missouri Valley Conference tournament the bears seem to be putting it together at the right time. “We’re peaking at the right time it seems,” says Senior Guard J.T. Miller. “We’ve been through our little woes and we are building our confidence at the end of the season heading into the MVC tournament.”
The Bears will need to continue to play their brand of basketball and continue to build upon the past two victories if they want to make a splash in the MVC tournament.
They currently sit sixth in the MVC standings and have an overall record of 17-10. “We had to lock in on what we needed to do and kind of finding ourselves of who we were for twenty games of the season,” Head Coach Lusk says. “ I think we’re starting to get back to that.”
The Bears travel to Southern Illinois in rematch with the Salukis Wednesday February 14th.
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