It’s the day of upsets. No. 6-seeded Missouri State University beat No. 3-seeded Indiana State University 78-51 at Enterprise Center in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) men’s basketball tournament Friday night. This comes after two other lower seeded teams overcame their opponents to advance to the semi-final round.
Despite being the higher seed, Indiana State only led for about six minutes while the Bears held an edge for more than 32 minutes. The game was tied twice for a total of 1:05 with only three lead-changes throughout the entire 40 minutes.
This win comes after Missouri State failed to meet expectations. After being voted to finish first in the MVC preseason poll, the Bears barely managed to finish sixth in the lead — beating out Valparaiso University because of a higher NET ranking.
“We just got to .500 today, I think,” Missouri State head coach Dana Ford said. “We’re going to get these guys back, get them rested up, and we’ll do the first possession of the next game and just take it one possession at a time.”
A total of eight different players from both teams scored in double digits. Missouri State junior forward Gaige Prim led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Missouri State advances to play No. 7-seeded Valparaiso in the semifinal March 7. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.