Despite being down two starters on a road trip to Evansville, the Missouri State Bears rode a strong second half to even their Missouri Valley Conference record with a 68-58 win.
On a day when many Bears struggled to find the net, freshman Isiaih Mosley poured in a career-high 23 points, including a back-breaking 3-pointer from the top of the key late in the game.
The Bears were facing an eight-point deficit late in the first half when Mosley hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to five.
The second half was all Missouri State, as they outscored the Purple Aces 38-23.
Mosley’s primary partner in crime on the offensive end was Keandre Cook, who scored 17. Big man Gaige Prim, starting in place of Tulio Da Silva, added 12 as the only other Bear in double figures.
Da Silva missed the game due to “personal family reasons,” according to a Missouri State spokesperson.
Mosley, Cook and Prim accounted for about 75 percent of Missouri State’s offense. The trio was 22-of-40 from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
The rest of the team scored 16 points on 4-of-15 shooting overall and 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
Evansville was also down an important contributor in DeAndre Williams, who had been averaging about 17 points per game before missing a recent string of games. It was the sixth-straight loss for the Purple Aces, who have been reeling since their head coach Walter McCarty was placed on administrative leave.
K.J. Riley scored a team-high 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting while making all six of his free-throw attempts. No one else, however, finished in double figures for Evansville.
Missouri State is now 9-10 on the season and 3-3 in MVC play. They return home Thursday to host Valparaiso.
Chad Lindskog, Evansville Courier & Press, contributed to this report.