ST. LOUIS — Isiaih Mosley posted a double-double, scoring 29 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, and Missouri State beat Valparaiso 66-55 in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
Third-seeded Missouri State (17-6, 12-6) will play No. 2 seed Drake (24-3, 15-3) in the MVC semifinals on Saturday.
Drake advanced to the semifinals round after its quarterfinal matchup with seventh-seeded Northern Iowa was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Panthers’ program.
Mosley made a 3 just over a minute into the game, and the Bears never looked back. Missouri State never trailed in the game, and led by 18 at halftime.
Valparaiso (10-18, 7-11) scored just 13 points in the first half and trailed 31-13.
Gaige Prim scored 11 points and had 6 rebounds for the Bears, and Jared Ridder went 3 for 5 on 3s, adding nine points.
Sheldon Edwards led the Crusaders in scoring with 17 points and had eight rebounds. Ben Krikke added 12 points, and Donovan Clay scored 10.
Valparaiso cut the Missouri State’s lead to eight nearly midway through the second half, but the Bears never let it get closer than that.
Source – Fox Sports News