Missouri State defeats Illinois State 78-72 in OT

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Jarmar Gulley scored 22 points and Missouri State outscored Illinois State 12-4 in overtime to complete its comeback victory 78-70 on Thursday.

Reggie Lynch made the second basket of overtime but Illinois State only added two Daishon Knight free throws the rest of the way. Knight led Illinois State (7-6, 0-1 Missouri Valley) with 15.

Missouri State trailed 61-54 in regulation before Gulley scored the next ten Missouri State points, during a 10-4 run, to make it 65-64 with 1:44 remaining. Lynch made 1 of 2 free throws with 21 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

Missouri State was behind by as many as 16 points in the first half but opened up the second half on a 9-5 run to cut its deficit to 46-40 with 15:43 to go.

Marcus Marshall had 14 points for Missouri State (11-2, 1-0) and Christian Kirk added 13.

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