11.13.21 Basketball File

Junior Donovan Clay flies as he prepares to dunk. The Bears lost 99-94 to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at JQH Arena.

The Missouri State men’s basketball team bounced back with a 78-60 win over Alabama State Saturday night.

The win puts Missouri State at 1-1 on the season after being upset by Southeast Missouri State 99-94 in the Bears' season opener.

“Obviously better to win,” head coach Dana Ford said.

Senior guard Isiaih Mosley shredded the Alabama State defense from the start, with 18 points in the first half and 31 points in the game.

“Another ‘Zey Day,’ is what we call it when he scores it like that,” Ford said. “The guy can score all day. We’ve got to get our offense more efficient, but it’s good to have a guy who can crawl out of bed and get you 31 points."

Missouri State jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and worked from there, not letting Alabama State get closer than 6 points the rest of the way.

At halftime MSU held a comfortable 42-29 lead.

Both Mosley and senior forward Gaige Prim contributed big buckets down the stretch to extend Missouri State’s cushion. Alabama State never threatened to comeback and the Bears won 78-60.

Alongside Mosley’s 31, Prim added 11 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double.

Junior guard Ja’Monta Black said the team made a commitment to guard after their loss to SEMO.

“We simply just wanted to play defense,” Black said. “Nobody can stop us offensively so when we decide to guard we got a good chance to win every game.”

Ford said the team’s defense has a ways to go, but can carry the team a long way if the Bears commit.

“(Defending) has to be a decision,” Ford said. “As a player you’ve got to decide to do things. They’ve got to be taught, motivated, but it definitely helps when they’re on board with it.” 

Missouri State was without senior guard Jaylen Minnett, who missed the game with a migraine.

The Bears are on the road next, playing at Sam Houston State on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

      

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