Jan 24, 2020 5:09 AM

Cook scores 27, Missouri State tops Valparaiso 67-60

Posted Jan 24, 2020 5:09 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Keandre Cook poured in 27 points and Missouri State jumped out to a big first-half lead and held off Valparaiso 67-60 on Thursday night.

Cook buried 6 of 12 shots from the floor and 12 of 16 free throws for the Bears (10-10, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference). No other Bear scored in double figures. Missouri State led 36-16 at halftime.

Mileek McMillan topped the Crusaders (10-10, 3-4) with 12 points, while Javon Freeman-Liberty and Daniel Sackey scored 11 each. Freeman-Liberty, Valparaiso's leading scorer at 21.2 per game, hit only 4 of 18 shots from the floor, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range.

Missouri State did some damage at the free-throw line, making 18 of 23 (78%). The Crusaders were 10 of 13 at the foul line (77%). Valparaiso sank just 8 of 39 from distance (20.5%).

--- Associated Press ---

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Jan 24, 2020 5:09 AM
Griffons roll past Fort Hays State 79-63

ST. JOSEPH - The Missouri Western men's basketball team (8-11, 4-4) continues to roll at home as they beat Fort Hays State (7-10, 1-8) 79-63 in the MWSU Fieldhouse Thursday night. The win snaps a three-game skid and move MWSU to 6-0 at home this season.

The Griffons never trailed, jumping out to a 12-0 lead on three Will Eames' 3-pointers and one by Tyus Millhollin. Missouri Western led by as many as 23 points midway through the second half. Twelve 3-pointers by the Griffons, who held the Tigers to 3 of 11 shooting from long range, aided in the lopsided victory. Missouri Western used a 10-1 run still early in the first half to lead 23-6 with 13 minutes to go before halftime.


- The five-straight home wins are the most for MWSU since winning nine in a row inside the MWSU Fieldhouse during the 2009-10 season.

- Missouri Western's women's and men's basketball teams improved to a combined 15-0 at home with the men's win which capped four-straight home doubleheader sweeps for the teams.

- MWSU owned the glass, pulling down 45 rebounds and giving up just 31 to Fort Hays State.

- 16 of the Griffons' rebounds came on the offensive glass, helping MWSU score 16 second chance points while FHSU scored six on just six offensive boards.

- The Griffons had 15 assists to just eight turnvoers.

- Four Griffs scored in double figures, led by 18 each for Eames and Tyrell Carroll. Carroll also had a team-high six assists.

- JaRon Thames led the team with nine rebounds and two blocks while scoring 12 points.

- Millhollin didn't take a shot inside the 3-point arc, making four and went 5 for 5 at the free throw line for 17 points.


The Griffons host Nebraska-Kearney (12-6, 6-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Lopers lost at Northwest Missouri State Thursday 65-60.

--- MWSU Athletics ---