Missouri State dispatches NAIA neighbor William Woods, 77-56
The Bears built an 11-point lead on the NAIA school from nearby Fulton and cruised to their first win in five games to start the season. Missouri State is 33-1 in home openers since joining Division I for the 1982-83 season, and has won 13 straight.
The Bears shot 40.8 percent from the field (29 of 71) and converted just 4 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Bryan DeGeare scored 15 points to lead the Owls, who converted 16 of 57 shots from the field (28.1 percent), including 7 of 30 from distance.