Missouri State beats Indiana State 60-56 to snap 4-game skid

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Freshman Chris Kendrix scored a career-best 20 points – including a key rebound and free throw in the final seconds – as Missouri State snapped a four-game skid to defeat Indiana State 60-56 Wednesday night.

Missouri State (10-17, 4-11 Missouri Valley) took the lead for good, 57-56 with a Dorrian Williams pull up jumper with 49 seconds remaining. In that final span, Indiana State (13-14, 9-6) missed four shots, including a trio of 3-point tries.

It was after Khristian Smith missed a trey with six seconds left that Kendrix collared the rebound and was fouled. He sank the front end of a one-and-one to push the lead to 60-56. It was enough even as Indiana State’s Justin Gant missed a trey in the final two seconds.

Williams scored 16 for the Bears. Kendrix added eight rebounds, also a career best.

Frosh Brenton Scott led the Sycamores with 16 points, Smith added 13.