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MVC Tourney: Drake, Missouri St. advance

MVC Tourney: Drake, Missouri St. advance

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ST. LOUIS -- Josh Young hit a 10-footer with 1 second left to give Drake a 63-61 victory over Southern Illinois in a first-round matchup at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday night.

Ryan Wedel scored 19 points to pace the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (14-18), who will face top-seeed Northern Iowa (25-4) in a quarterfinal Friday. Young had 14 points, and Craig Stanley and Adam Templeton added 11 apiece.

Carlton Fay led the ninth-seeded Salukis (15-15) with 14 points. John Freeman scored 12, and Gene Teague had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The teams were separated by no more than two points for the final 4:54. Teague tied it 61-61 with 34 seconds left before Young hit the winner.

The Bulldogs' big advantage came from 3-point range. They made 10 of 25 (40.0 percent) to 1 of 9 (11.1 percent) for the Salukis.

Drake beat Southern Illinois for the third time this season.

Missouir State 52, Evansville 46: Kyle Weems' third double-double of the season led Missouri State to a 52-46 victory over Evansville in a first-round game at the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday night.

Weems had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Bears (20-11), who will meet second-seeded Wichita State (23-8) in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Denver Holmes scored 13 points to pace the 10th-seeded Purple Aces (9-21), who had been on a modest two-game winning streak.

Missouri State, which notched its first 20-win season since 2006-07, swept Evansville in the regular season and made it three in a row with this victory.

After losing its first 13 conference games, Evansville finished 3-2 with victories over league champion Northern Iowa, Wichita State and Drake.

The game was close late until Evansville went scoreless over the last 3:22 and Missouri State finished on a 7-0 run.


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