Missouri St. 92, Drake 74
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Blake Ahearn scored 24 points and became Missouri State’s leading career 3-point shooter in leading the Bears to a 92-74 win over Drake University Saturday night.
Ahearn, playing in his last regular-season home game, hit four 3-pointers to run his career total to 267 and pass Johnny Murdock (1991-95) who made 266 3-pointers.
Missouri State (21-9, 12-6 Missouri Valley Conference) blew a 12-point lead early in the first half and lost the lead to Drake (16-14, 6-12) at 31-30 with 4:05 left in the half before taking a 43-36 halftime lead.
Ahearn hit three 3-pointers in the first 6:31 of the second half to push Missouri State to a 66-50 lead. During the stretch, Missouri State hit 8-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-5 from the 3-point line.
A conventional basket by Ahearn and a free throw by Tyler Chaney put Missouri State up 74-54 with 9:03 left and Drake never cut the lead to less than 16 after that.
Missouri State shot 63 percent from the field in the second half on 17-of-27 and shot 71.4 percent from the 3-point line making 5-of-7. Drake went cold in the second half hitting 12-of-31 from the field for 38.7 percent and 4-of-12 from the 3-point line for 33.3 percent.
Drew Richards and Deven Mitchell each had 17 for Missouri State and Chaney finished with 12.
Ajay Calvin led Drake with 19 while Josh Young had 14. Nick Grant added 13.