SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Alize Johnson had 24 points and 17 rebounds and
Missouri State held off Valparaiso for a 64-57 victory on Wednesday night.
Johnson was 9-of-14 shooting, made three 3-pointers and collected his eighth
straight double-double. Jarred Dixon finished with 12 points for Missouri State
(15-5, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference), which swept the Crusaders and has won
six of its last eight.
Dixon hit a jumper, Johnson scored eight points, and Obediah Church capped a
12-2 run with a dunk that stretched Missouri State's one-point lead to 57-46
with five minutes to play.
Tevonn Walker scored the next five points, and Max Joseph made a 3-pointer
during an 11-4 spurt that pulled the Crusaders to 61-57 with 33 seconds left.
Dixon made 3 of 4 free throws to seal it.
Markus Golder scored 12 points and Walker had 10 to lead Valparaiso (11-9,
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