Missouri St. 89, Alabama St. 49
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Deven Mitchell scored 14 points Thursday to lead Missouri State to an 89-49 win over Alabama State in the opening game of the Price Cutter Classic.
Blake Ahearn added 13 and Drew Richards had 12 for the Bears.
After leading 41-25 at halftime, Missouri State (5-1) opened the second half with a 10-0 run to go up 51-25 with 17:01 left.
After Alabama State (2-3) scored four straight points to cut the lead to 51-29, the Bears went on a 13-6 run to lead 64-35 with 12:23 remaining.
Missouri State outrebounded Alabama State 44-31 and held a 38-14 advantage scoring in the paint.
Moses Edun led Alabama State with 18 and Andrew Hales added 15.