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Missouri State Bears (16-17)


Sat. 2/22 Tue. 2/25 Sat. 2/29 Fri. 3/6 Sat. 3/7
vs. Ly-Il 
W 74-62
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@ Valpo 
L 74-89
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vs. SIU 
W 84-59
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@ InSt 
W 78-51
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vs. Valpo 
L 82-89
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Three wins, 3 days, Valpo advances beating Missouri St.

ST. LOUIS (AP) Javon Freeman-Liberty scored 29 points with nine rebounds and five assists and Valparaiso beat Missouri State 89-82 Saturday to advance to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference.

The No. 7 seed Crusaders (19-15) beat 10th-seed Evansville Thursday and upset No. 2 seed Loyola Chicago on Friday. Valpo faces No. 4 seed Bradley on Sunday.

Isiaih Mosley hit a 3-pointer to give Missouri State (16-17) a 28-19 lead with 6:17 before halftime. The Crusaders responded with a 10-0 run, took the lead and were up 40-38 at intermission. Freeman-Liberty's jump shot with 12:50 left extended Valpo's lead to 61-48 and they maintained safe distance until Keandre Cook's 3 with 21 seconds left reduced the Bears' deficit to 85-82. Ben Krikke sank to foul shots a couple of seconds later to seal the win.

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Leaders
Points: K. Cook14.9
Rebounds: T. Da Silva7.1
Assists: K. Cook1.4
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: K. Cook81.6%
3P%: K. Cook42.3%
Steals: T. Dixon1.2
Blocks: G. Prim0.7
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Missouri Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
UNI 14-4 25-6
Loyola Chicago 13-5 21-11
Bradley 11-7 23-11
Indiana State 11-7 18-12
Southern Illinois 10-8 16-16
Valparaiso 9-9 19-16
Missouri State 9-9 16-17
Drake 8-10 20-14
Illinois State 5-13 10-21
Evansville 0-18 9-23
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 70.6 (194)
Rebounds: 10.9 (101)
Assists: 11.8 (276)
FG%: 43.8% (174)
FT%: 74.9% (56)
3P%: 35.4% (71)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 67.8 (135)
Rebounds: 26.3 (116)
Assists: 11.2 (70)
FG%: 43.1% (196)
FT%: 71.2% (199)
3P%: 33.8% (229)
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