Bench players spark Missouri State to win

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Ryan Kreklow fired off the Missouri State bench to
score 20 points and spark the Bears to a 77-67 win over Colorado State in the
Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge on Tuesday night.

Missouri State built a 16-point lead by intermission and cruised behind a
strong showing by its bench, which outscored the Rams 46-6.

Missouri State now is 2-4 all-time in the Challenge.

Kreklow hit 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the
three-point arc. His 5 of 6 night at the free-throw line featured his first miss
of the season. He had made 12 of 12 from the line coming into the game.

Prentiss Nixon finished with 20 points to lead Colorado State, with Deion James
and Che Bob adding 14 and 13 points, respectively. The Rams shot 23 of 64 from
the field (35.9 percent), including 4 of 23 from long range.

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