Missouri St. downs Drake 65-44 for second MVC win

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)—Chris Cooks had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Missouri State over Drake 65-44 on Wednesday night.

The Bears (9-10, 2-6 Missouri Valley) never trailed on the way to their second victory in conference play against six losses. They outrebounded Drake 42-28 and scored 41 points in the paint and off second chances.

Drake (13-7, 4-4) was led by Josh Young with 13 points, the only Bulldog to score in double figures. Jonathan Cox grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

Missouri State led 25-21 at halftime and pulled away with a 24-6 run to go up 49-27 with 9:46 remaining in the game. Drake hit just one field goal during the Bears’ run, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Cardell McFarland.

Wade Knapp finished with 13 points and McFarland added 10 for Missouri State. Kyle Weems had a team-high 11 rebounds.

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