An ugly second half gave Missouri State a loss in the final game of the regular season on March 2. The Drake Bulldogs defeated the MSU men’s basketball team 73-62.
Drake led through the majority of the first half. With 12:57 to go, senior Jarred Dixon scored a layup and tied it at 10.
The Bulldogs led for the rest of the half until senior Josh Webster hit a 3-pointer to give the Bears a one-point lead going into the locker rooms.
By halftime, Dixon had 13 points and three steals. The Bears had forced six turnovers while only giving away two.
Junior Keandre Cook started the second half with a jumper, but Drake came back and took over a lead and never looked back.
The Bulldogs jumped to a 15-point lead toward the end of the second half while Missouri State went 6:37 without a field goal. Junior Tulio Da Silva ended that drought with a 3-pointer with 1:07 to go, but the damage was done.
The Bears lost 73-62 to the Drake Bulldogs, a team the Bears lost 74-63 to on Jan. 20.
“Today’s a disappointing day for me,” head coach Dana Ford said. “I’m just disappointed that I couldn’t do a better job to help those seniors get a conference championship when they were knocking on the door with four games left, three at home.”
The Bears will seed No. 3 or 4 depending on how the Bradley-Loyola game ends. At half, the Ramblers led 48-29.
“We still can win St. Louis. I believe, these guys believe we can do it,” Dixon said. “It’s not over yet.”