Dec 04, 2019 4:03 AM

Cook's late burst lifts Missouri State over Murray State 71-69

Posted Dec 04, 2019 4:03 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Keandre Cook sank a go-ahead 3-pointer and added two late free throws and Tulio Da Silva notched his second double-double of the season as Missouri State held off Murray State 71-69 on Tuesday night.

Cook, who hit all seven of his free throws and scored 15, buried a 3 with 28 seconds left in the game to put the Bears (4-5) up 68-66. Cook hit a pair of foul shots with 3 seconds left to put Missouri State up 71-66. Tevin Brown hit a 3 at the buzzer for the Racers (4-4).

Da Silva finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Missouri State, while Gaige Prim came off the bench to contribute 10 points, four boards and three assists.

Brown paced Murray State with 19 points. Jaiveon Eaves had 14 points and six rebounds, while Anthony Smith totaled 12 points and 10 boards for his second double-double of the season.

--- Associated Press ---

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Griffon freshman Trey Vaval earns AFCA All-America honors

WACO, Texas – Missouri Western football freshman Trey Vaval was named second team All-American as an all-purpose player by the American Football Coaches Association.


Vaval became the first-ever Griffon freshman to be named to the AFCA All-America team and the first from Missouri Western to receive the honor since Michael Jordan in 2015.


In his first collegiate season, Vaval broke a 27-year-old MIAA record, averaging 35.2 yards per kickoff return. He led all of Division II with 1,110 combined kick return yards and led the MIAA in both kick return and punt return (17.7) average. Vaval's 35.2-yard kick return average was third best in DII and his 17.7-yard punt return average ranked fifth in DII. He led the MIAA and ranked second in the nation with two kickoff return touchdowns, becoming the 10th player in MIAA history to do so. Overall, Vaval returned 23 kicks for 809 yards and two touchdowns with 17 punt returns for 301 yards.


The Blue Springs, Missouri, native was one of six MIAA players named AFCA All-American this season. Vaval and the Griffons face Henderson State, which had defensive back Mercardo Anderson named to the AFCA All-America second team, on Dec. 7 in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl.

--- MWSU Athletics ---