The Missouri State men’s basketball team resorted to its beginning-of-the-season habits. The Bears are now 2-4 in one-possession games. 

Missouri State trailed Drake by 13 points with 11 minutes to go in Sunday’s game. The Bears’ comeback attempt came up short once again in a 71-69 loss to the Bulldogs. 

Drake held a 37-25 at halftime, holding the Bears to 2-for-13 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes of regulation. The Bulldogs extended that lead into the first minutes of the second half until Missouri State’s defense caught a second wind. 

The Bears held the Bulldogs to no field goals for over seven minutes to chip away at the lead, going on a 9-2 run to make it a two-possession game with just under five minutes to play. 

Despite outscoring Drake 44-34 in the second period, time expired before Missouri State could complete its comeback. 

Junior Gaige Prim came up big for the Bears, posting season highs in scoring (23) and rebounding (13). Senior Keandre Cook continued to show up for Missouri State, racking up a double-double of his own, 12 points and 13 rebounds. 

The Bears began their week with a home win against Valparaiso on Wednesday. That game looked a little different than Sunday’s action. Missouri State steamrolled over the Crusaders in the first period, storming out to a 20-point lead at halftime and holding Valparaiso to just six made field goals. 

Missouri State capped off the 67-60 win shooting 36.8% from the field and 78.3% from the line. The Bears brought back a familiar motto from last year to Wednesday’s contest, “Defend no matter what,” but that didn’t seem to be the case on Sunday afternoon. 

Missouri State is 10-11 overall, 4-4 in conference action. They continue their Iowa road series at Northern Iowa on Wednesday. The Panthers defeated the Bears earlier this month 80-57.

Claire began as a sports reporter for The Standard in March of 2018. She covers football, baseball, and basketball. Claire is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Communication Studies with a double minor in Journalism and Marketing.