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Sunday, December 28, 2008 | Men's Basketball
Conference Schedule Begins Sunday - MBB Recaps
The 2008-09 conference schedule began Sunday and two games were decided in overtime. Illinois State became just the second league school since 1983-84 to improve to 12-0 with a 72-69 overtime win at Missouri State. Creighton (11-2, 1-0) won for the eighth-straight time, while Indiana State outlasted Northern Iowa, 85-84 in 2OT in Cedar Falls. Evansville (9-2, 1-0) and Bradley (7-5, 1-0) also won.
Evansville 76, Drake 65 | Recaps: Evansville | Drake
Josh Young racked up 24 points for the Bulldogs (9-4), while Josh Parker had 15 and Jonathan Cox had 12. But Drake made less than 35 percent of its field goals and made 7 of 26 attempted three pointers. Evansville made 50 percent of its field goals and was 3-5 in three pointers.
The score was close for much of the game, but Evansville started to pull away in the second period. The Purple Aces took the lead for good on a Holsinger three pointer with 11 minutes left. Evansville's 9-2 record marks the team's best start in 14 years, when the team won nine of its first 11 games.
Bradley 79, Southern Illinois 63 | Recaps: Bradley | Southern Illinois
The Salukis were up 27-26 with five minutes left in the first half, but the Braves rallied for a 15-3 run to take a 41-30 lead into the break. Kevin Dillard came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points for the Salukis, going 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Southern Illinois' bench outscored its starters, 36-27. Bryan Mullins was the only other Saluki in double digits with 11 points and six assists.
Indiana State 85, Northern Iowa 84 (2ot) | Recaps: Indiana State | UNI
Both teams scored eight points in the first overtime to force another overtime and Indiana State outscored the Panthers 12-11 in the second extra period for the win. Aaron Carter scored 16 for Indiana State and Carl Richard added 15. Northern Iowa (6-6, 0-1) was led by Kwadzo Ahelegbe, who scored 28 points. Ali Farokhmanesh added 20 for the Panthers.
Illinois State 72, Missouri State 69 (ot) | Recaps: Illinois State | Missouri State
Illinois State (12-0, 1-0 Missouri Valley) trailed Missouri State (7-5, 0-1) by 10 at halftime and were behind by 15 when Spencer Laurie hit a 3-pointer with 15:31 left in the second half. But the Bears would only score one field goal in the next 13:17, and the Redbirds went on a 22-2 run to go ahead 50-45.
Missouri State retook the lead, 51-50, on Wade Knapp's basket with 2:14 left. Phillips scored 5 points to help Illinois State take the lead again, 55-52. But then Missouri State's Will Creekmore hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. The Redbirds then outscored the Bears 17-14 in the final 5 minutes for the win. Creekmore led Missouri State with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
WSU junior Clevin Hannah paced the Shocker offense with 17 points and five assists. Freshman Toure’ Murry followed closely with 16 points, including nine points from three-point range in the second half.
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