The Missouri State Bears would make things interesting against the No. 20 Wichita State Shockers in the second half, taking a lead for part of the final frame. The Shockers would get things together, though, on their way to a 62-52 victory over the Bears in Springfield.
Two players finished in double digits for the Shockers, with Cleanthony Early topping the team in scoring with 17 points. Carl Hall came off the bench to drop 15 points, while Tekele Cotton finished just outside of double digits with nine points.
Gavin Thurman had a fantastic night for the Bears, finishing with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Anthony Downing was the only other Missouri State player to make it into double digits, with 14 points on the evening.
Neither team had a good night from the floor. Wichita State emerged as the better shooters, hitting 37 percent of their shots compared to 32.8 for Missouri State. Both teams were also an identical 5-of-21 from beyond the arc.