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Big 1st half carries Valparaiso past Missouri State, 82-66

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Ryan Fazekas scored 18 points and Valparaiso used a big first half to roll past Missouri State, 82-66 and pick up a Missouri Valley Conference victory on the road Saturday afternoon.

Valpo needed a running, 50-foot buzzer beater to get past Illinois State in its conference opener, but wasted no time taking charge against the Bears, rolling to a 46-24 advantage by intermission.

Jarred Dixon opened the second half with a 4-point play and Kabir Mohammed added a 3-point play cut the Missouri State deficit to 46-30, but the Bears were never able to get within single digits.

Fazekas was 6 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc and Bakari Evelyn added 13 points off the bench for the Crusaders (9-6, 2-0). Deion Lavender grabbed 10 rebounds and dished five assists.

Dixon finished with 23 points for Missouri State (6-9, 0-2). Mohammed added another 13 points and grabbed eight boards.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Jarred Dixon made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Jarred Dixon made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Mileek McMillan 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Josh Webster 12.0
  Langston Stalling missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 2 Tulio Da Silva made dunk 49.0
  Offensive rebound by Tulio Da Silva 49.0
  Ryan Kreklow missed 3-pt. jump shot 51.0
  Lost ball turnover on Mileek McMillan, stolen by Tulio Da Silva 1:00
+ 2 Tulio Da Silva made dunk, assist by Jarred Dixon 1:25
  Bad pass turnover on Javon Freeman-Liberty, stolen by Jarred Dixon 1:31
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Valparaiso 8-6 463682
home team logo Missouri State 6-9 244266
Team Stats
away team logo Valparaiso 8-6 68.9 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.1 APG
home team logo Missouri State 6-9 71.1 PPG 34 RPG 11.7 APG
Key Players
21
D. Smits 12.6 PPG 6.1 RPG 0.8 APG 60.5 FG%
30
T. Da Silva 14.9 PPG 7.1 RPG 0.8 APG 58.0 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
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Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB