Typically even Superman wants some supporting assist, and Missouri State’s model of a basketball superhero acquired simply that on Sunday.
Alize Johnson piled up 21 factors and sixteen rebounds, nevertheless it took key performs from teammates within the ultimate two minutes to raise the Bears previous Indiana State seventy six-seventy three in entrance of four,137 followers.
“Alize will get numerous consideration,” Missouri State guard Jarred Dixon stated. “We all know groups are going to be keyed in on him and we’ve to be able to make performs.”
Dixon’s driving, excessive-arching jumper with 1:23 remaining, on the heels of Ronnie Rousseau’s basket on the prior possession, put the Bears forward to remain. These performs and clutch free-throw capturing gave the Bears a a lot-wanted Missouri Valley Convention victory.
“Coach has been speaking about when adversity hits, you need to maintain going,” Dixon stated after Missouri State (14-5 general, four-2 Valley) snapped a two-recreation dropping streak. “They hit an enormous three and by chance, we didn’t panic. We stayed calm and made one thing occur.”
Johnson was his ordinary dynamic self with a seventh straight level-rebound double-double and thirteenth of the season. Dixon added 15 factors and Ryan Kreklow made three free throws within the ultimate 5 seconds to nail it down.
The victory stored the Bears in a 3-means tie for second within the Valley, one recreation behind Drake. Simply as essential, it helped salve the frustration from the earlier week.
“It feels good to maneuver on and get a win and get these two losses out of our face,” Kreklow. “It brings up the morale. It’s an extended Valley season and we will’t get hung up over a few video games. Now, hopefully we will maintain this factor rolling.”
The Bears have been cruising with an eleven-level lead halfway via the second half. Again got here the Sycamores (eight-10, three-three), fueled by guards Brenton Scott, Tyreke Key and Jordan Barnes. The trio mixed for 18 of Indiana State’s last 27 factors.
Barnes’ three-pointer put the Sycamores in entrance sixty eight-sixty five with 2:24 to go. The Bears have been capable of reply, first with a driving, off-stability basket from Rousseau after which, after a defensive cease, got here Dixon’s floater.
Dixon let loose an emotion-fueled scream after the basket.
“It felt good as a result of after these two losses, you’re simply looking for a approach,” he stated. “Simply refuse to lose. Simply emotion from enjoying…