Southeast Missouri State Stuns Missouri State 99-94 at JQH Arena

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks have handed the Missouri State Bears their second home opening loss in the last three seasons, winning 99-94 Tuesday night at JQH Arena.

The Redhawks (1-0) grabbed a 45-41 lead at the half, but the lead changed hands four times in the opening five minutes of the second half.

SEMO went up by as many as eight points in the second half, but the Bears battled back to pull within two, 96-94 when Demarcus Sharp buried a left wing three pointer with 42 seconds left in regulation.

But SEMO’s Eric Reed, Jr. drained a three with 10.9 seconds remaining as the shot clock ran out to clinch the win for the Redhawks.

Senior Gaige Prim led the Bears with 28 points and 15 rebounds and went 12-16 from the free throw line.

Junior Donovan Clay added 20 points on 8-10 shooting and Isiaih Mosley put in 16 points for MSU.

Senior transfer Jaylen Minnett hit four of Missouri State’s seven three pointers on the night to finish with 14 points.

Reed led Southeast Missouri State in scoring with 21 points, followed by Chris Harris with 19.

As a team, the Bears hit 7-26 attempts from beyond the arc, while SEMO went 8-19.

Both teams made a living from the foul line, with Missouri State hitting 25 of 35 attempts (71.4%) and the Redhawks making 27 of 34 (79.4%).

The Bears had only seven turnovers, but struggled defensively.

The 99 points allowed by Missouri State are the most since December 1, 2018 when the Bears lost 101-77 at Oregon State.

Missouri State (0-1) will be back at JQH Arena Saturday night for a 7:00 game against Alabama State.

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