Evangel Valor Drops Exhibition Contest With Missouri State – Victory Sports Network

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The Basics
Final: Missouri State 103, Evangel 56 | Final Stats
Site: JQH Arena

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  Missouri State put on a shooting clinic Thursday afternoon to run away with a 103-56 victory over Evangel in the two clubs’ exhibition contest at JQH Arena. The Bears connected on 21-of-37 (0.568) attempts from three-point range, using a 32-6 scoring outburst spanning both halves to counter the Valor’s comeback bid and seize control for good.

Isiaih Mosley keyed the pivotal MSU run, scoring 10 of the Bears’ final 15 points of the first half. The junior finished a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range for 22 points, sharing game-high scoring honors with teammate Jaylen Minnett.

Led by Josh Pritchett‘s 17 points, Evangel struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm, shooting just 0.333 (22-of-66) from the field and converting only 5-of-24 tries from long range.
Missouri State rode the combined hot shooting touches of Ja’Monta Black and Minnett to an early double-digit lead. The Bears started the contest by drilling their first seven shots, including a 5-for-5 showing from beyond the three-point arc, with Black and Minnett knocking down a pair of triples apiece.

Black kicked off an 18-0 Bears scoring run with back-to-back three’s, and Isaac Haney capped the spurt with five-straight MSU points to give the home club a 21-3 advantage at the 15:16 mark.

Despite finding itself in a sizable hole, the Valor mounted a gutsy first-half comeback that narrowed the gap to single digits. After connecting on just one of its first 10 attempts from the floor, Evangel heated up midway through the opening half to chip away at the Bears’ lead, drawing to within seven points on two separate occasions.

Stephen Salvi came off the EU bench to tally 10 first-half points, helping the Valor engineer a 25-14 scoring run. Pritchett knocked down a mid-range jumper with 5:38 left on the clock to make it a 35-28 game, before Jace Coffie‘s steal and subsequent layup 72 seconds later sliced the EU deficit to seven a second time.
But Mosley would take control from there, draining a jumper in the lane to spark a 15-0 Missouri State run to close the half. He connected on two more three-point tries and totaled 10 of the Bears’ points during the critical run to send MSU to the locker room with its largest lead of the afternoon at 52-30.
Missouri State picked up where it left off in the first half, scoring the first six points of the second stanza on treys by Minnett and Gaige Prim and 17 of the first 23 points overall to stretch its lead to 33.

The Bears would continue to mount its advantage, as Mosley added 10 second-half points and MSU pushed the margin to as many as 47 in the closing minutes, finishing the contest 35-of-58 (0.603) from the floor. In addition to Mosley’s effort, Minnett buried 7-of-11 three-point tries, Haney added 18 points and Donovan Clay turned in a double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Salvi complemented Pritchett’s strong performance with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

LOOKING AHEAD
EU will conclude the 2021 portion of its schedule Friday (Dec. 31) with a 3 p.m. non-conference game against Columbia College at Bob Burchard Court in Columbia.
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