The Missouri State basketball team picked up a win in the Bears’ first road game with a 77-55 blowout win over Sam Houston State.
Both offenses struggled to score in the first 10 minutes, with Missouri State leading 10-9 at the midway point of the half. The Bears went on a 12-0 run fueled by points from senior forward Gaige Prim and junior guard Ja’Monta Black to take an 18-11 lead with 7:40 left in the first half.
The Bears kept the defense going and built a lead with junior guard Isiaih Mosley, the team’s leading scorer last season, on the bench in foul trouble to lead 33-22 at halftime.
Mosley came into the second half hot, scoring nine points in the first seven minutes.
Missouri State slowly broke open the game as the clock wound down, leading 68-42 with 4:45 to go.
The Bears kept going in the final minutes to win 77-55.
MSU outrebounded the Bearkats 39-33, and held a 47.5% shooting percentage compared to 32.3%
Four Bears scored 11 or more points. Mosley finished with 21, despite missing the last 10 minutes of the first half. Prim scored 17 and hauled in 13 rebounds for another double-double.
Black had 15 points behind a 50% shooting clip. Senior guard Keaton Hervey added 11 points, also shooting 50%.
Missouri State also held the Bearkats well below their scoring average of last season, which was 80 points.
“I thought our guys did a great job for 40 minutes,” head coach Dana Ford said in a postgame radio interview with Art Hains. “This early in the year that’s not easy to do.”
Next up, the Bears go to Naples, Florida for the Naples Invitational. They play Long Beach State Monday night, Murray State Tuesday, and another team to be announced on Wednesday.
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