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Final

Illinois State 48

(16-15, 9-9 MVC)

Missouri State 53

(20-11, 9-9 MVC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    3:35 PM ET, March 7, 2014

    Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri

    1 2 T
    ILST 17 3148
    MOSU 22 3153

    Top Performers

    Illinois St: Z. Lofton 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl

    Missouri St: A. Ruder 21 Pts, 1 Reb

    Missouri St. tops Illinois St. 53-48 in MVC

    Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS -- Freshman Austin Ruder matched his career-high with 21 points and fourth-seeded Missouri State made just enough free throws down the stretch Thursday for a 53-48 win over fifth-seeded Illinois State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.

    The Bears (20-11) face top-seeded and second-ranked Wichita State in the semifinals.

    Ruder hit a 3-pointer with 2:05 lead to put Missouri State up 48-46. After a miss by the Redbirds (16-15), Keith Pickens had a tip-in to make it 50-46 with 42 seconds remaining. After that, the Bears made 3 of 6 free throws, two by Dorrian Williams after Zach Lofton's jumper for Illinois State made it 50-48 with 11 seconds to play.

    Zach Lofton came off the bench to score a career-high 25 for Illinois State, which trailed 22-17 at the half.

    Neither team shot even 33 percent, combining for 14 of 46 3's and 19 of 36 free throws.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILST
    MOSU
    Points 48 53
    FG Made-Attempted 16-51 (.314) 18-55 (.327)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-26 (.269) 7-20 (.350)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-17 (.529) 10-19 (.526)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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