Shot clocks turned off to start second semifinal of Valley tournament

The second semifinal of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament began with both shot clocks turned off.

One of the clocks has shorted out the last two days. There was a short delay in the opening minute of a quarterfinal game between Illinois State and Missouri State on Friday.

Second-seeded Indiana State and Southern Illinois, the sixth seed, were at center court for the opening tip-off Saturday when the clock went blank. After initial repair attempts failed, the decision was made to turn off the functioning shot clock.

The game was delayed again with 16:45 to go while officials checked a play against a functioning shot clock on a ribbon board just below the upper bowl of the Scottrade Center.