For the third time this season, the Evansville Aces have downed the Missouri State Bears. Though the two teams both finished the regular season with 9-9 records in the Missouri Valley Conference, Evansville has had the Bears' number this season and Friday night's game was no different. They never pulled away completely, but had a comfortable cushion on Missouri State for the majority of the match as they went on to win 72-64.
Missouri State struggled from the floor and was significantly outrebounded during the game. Evansville spread the ball around well, while the Bears relied too much on Kyle Weems. Weems led all scorers with 23 points, but none of the other Bears starters scored more than seven points.
Kenneth Harris led the Aces with 20 points, while 6'0" Troy Taylor was able to grab 13 rebounds while also dishing out five assists. Evansville moves on to face Creighton in the semifinals, and if their earlier games are any indication, that should make for a fantastic matchup. The Aces pushed the Jays to overtime in Omaha and defeated them at home in Evansville in the regular season.