SPRINGFIELD, MO. Too much length and too much strength outperformed the frequent use of the SIU and above average from the three-point line on Wednesday night.
Missouri used its height and weight advantage on the treadmill for most of the game, delivering early fouls and then recapturing Saluki, which earned them an 81–76 loss at the Missouri Valley Conference at JQH Arena.
Isaiah Mosley scored a record 33 points, including 25 in the second half, following his career record 43 points on Saturday night. Donovan Clay added 13 points, while Gage Prim had 12 points and the Bears lost 51.9 percent from the field, including 12 of 20 in the second half.
“I thought I did a good job with him in the first half,” said SIU defender Steven Verplancken Jr. from Mosley. “In the second half, I did not fulfill my task, and I admit it. He is a good player and I tried to keep the ball in his left hand and make him work everything.
“You can’t give him an easy one so he can get into a rhythm like tonight.”
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Marcus Domask was held back for 39 minutes, but he led the late SIU rally with 11 points in the last minute and finished with a record for Team 20. He struck two free throws with 5.0 seconds remaining to lead Saluki 79-76. but freshman Isaac Haney recorded the result with two free throws with 3.1 seconds left.
Ferplanken, who missed Saturday 63:60 against Valparaiso, had 16 points, 4 out of 5 from the three-point line. Ben Coupe Jr. also added 16 points, while Lance Jones scored 10 points.
Saluki (9-6, 2-1) converted 14 of 29 three-pointers, but made only 8 of 25 two-pointers. Coach Brian Mullins said he liked the shots they got when they played their games, but felt they were to blame for taking quick shots from time to time.
“The ball has moved,” Mullins said. “The number of programs could have been more. We just need to make sure we take the pictures we want. “
Glasses in paint were indicative statistics. The Bears (12-6, 3-2) had an 18-2 lead at half-time and finished 40-10 in this category, including Clay’s dunk with a stop at 1:21 from Prim’s serve that pushed 71 -62 …
The atmosphere at the opening was on the verge of library silence. Missouri fans must have been unhappy with a one-point loss to Northern Iowa on Saturday night. The crowd numbered 3,886, but looked smaller in the beautiful 11,000-seat arena.
The SIU bench made more noise than the crowd in the first six-plus minutes as the Saluki used the three-point line to establish a 15-8 lead. Verplancken, Coupe and Anthony D’Avanzo scored three-pointers, while Kyler Filevich scored a couple of goals from the bench.
But there was a fast, unsettling trend that affected the way SIU played throughout the inning. Filevich had two fouls and JD Muila got one while trying to defend Prim, a 6-9 senior who faced Saluki last year at Bunterra Center with 29 points and 21 rebounds.
In just 32 minutes, Prim committed nine fouls.
“Obviously Kyler and JD didn’t play as much as they could because of the rule breaking issues, so it affected us a little,” Mullins said.
The Bears finally found traction in attack and scored 10 points in a row to gain an 18-15 lead with Mosley’s triple ball at 10:53. From there, the teams went back and forth until the end of the half.
SIU scored seven points in a row at 26-23 from 5:46 on the clock after Domask’s penalty, but Missouri responded six in a row when Lu’Si Patterson created a rebound bucket in attack and then dashed home. just me.
Domask’s three-pointer made the Saluki 34-33 in the last minute, but an unsuccessful defensive play resulted in a corner 3 from Ja’Monta Black, which gave the Bears a 36-34 lead by halftime.
The Valley on Monday announced that SIU’s last home game of the season against Illinois will be rescheduled for the night of February 22-23, with a start time set to 19:00. This is the result of the Redbirds vs. Loyola game in January. … 5 is postponed due to the COVID-19 protocol and is postponed to February 21. … This was Ferplanken’s third highest scoring game of the year after his 17 points against SEMO on December 15 and his 18 points in the November 19 win. over Colorado in the Virgin Islands. … The Saluki open a three-game home stand on Saturday night against Northern Iowa at 7.