Downing scores 24 to lead Missouri State over Drake 77-65

Anthony Downing scored 24 points to lead Missouri State to a 77-65 victory against Drake on Saturday night.

Downing was 7 of 10 from the field for the Bears (4-11, 2-1 Missouri Valley).

Gavin Thurman had 13 points, Marcus Marshall had 11, and Keith Pickens had 10. Nathan Scheer had eight rebounds.

Missouri State shot 51 percent from the field for the game, while Drake shot 41.8 percent. Missouri State also had more rebounds 33-29 and only seven turnovers. Drake committed 10 turnovers, and Missouri State made 17 points off of them.

Missouri State led 36-26 at halftime and never looked back.

Joey King led Drake with 21 points and seven rebounds. Ben Simons had 17 points. Chris Hines had 10 for the Bulldogs (6-8, 0-3) before fouling out.

The Bears have won six in a row in the series with Drake.