Missouri St. 68, Illinois St. 59
Kyle Weems scored 21 points and Missouri State defeated Illinois
State 68-59 on Saturday night to maintain a share of first place in
the Missouri Valley Conference.
Weems, coming off a 27-point performance in Wednesday’s 77-69
victory over Bradley, made 6 of 11 shots and pulled down six
rebounds for the Bears, (20-6, 12-3), who are tied with Wichita
State at 12-3 in league play. Wichita State defeated Northern Iowa
73-55 on Saturday night.
Will Creekmore scored 16 points and Nafis Ricks had 12 for
Missouri State, which has won three straight and recorded its
second consecutive 20-win season.
Austin Hill had a game-high 23 points for the Redbirds (11-15,
3-12), who lost their fourth straight game.
Missouri State led by as many as 12 in the second half after
leading 27-25 at the half. Hill’s 3-pointer with 59 seconds left
pulled Illinois State within 64-57, the closest they would get down