For the first time in three years, the Missouri State men’s basketball team is under .500 at the midway point in the conference season.
The Bears fell to Northern Iowa for the fifth straight time, the fourth under head coach Dana Ford. The Panthers grabbed a 95-66 win on Wednesday night, making the Bears 0-4 this season against Valley opponents who score 70 or more points.
UNI jumped out to a quick 14-5 start. MSU regained momentum on a 7-0 run. The Bears pulled themselves within two points with 10:18 to play in the first half, but had only two field goals fall over the next eight minutes.
MSU dug itself into a 20-point hole with the Panthers leading 51-31 at the half. UNI stormed out of the locker room with back-to-back-to-back triples. The Bears weren’t able to stop the Panthers’ 17 3-pointers, five of which came from A.J. Green. Green ended the night with 27 points.
Senior Keandre Cook put up 16 points in the contest. Cook has now scored double figures in all but four games this season.
MSU went 23-of-55 from the field, 7-of-20 from the arc, and grabbed 27 boards.
UNI got 32-of-55 to fall, 17-of-32 from 3, and brought down 33 rebounds.
The Bears will start a two-game home series, beginning with Indiana State on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Sycamores sit just above MSU in the Valley rankings after defeating Drake in buzzer-beater fashion on Wednesday evening.