Found December 28, 2011 on Fox Sports Midwest:
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Missouri State isn't going to surrender its Missouri Valley Conference title without a fight. The Bears, picked to finish sixth despite winning the regular-season championship last season, opened defense of its title with a 77-65 upset of No. 21 Creighton on Wednesday night. Kyle Weems scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and Anthony Downing had a career-high 26 points in his first start for the Bears (8-5, 1-0). First-year Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said he hasn't used the middle-of-the-pack prediction for the Bears as a motivational tool. Lusk said the pick is about right. After all, Weems is the only returning player with significant experience. But it looks like this could be a pretty good bunch of Bears, too. "We've played a tough schedule, and we needed to get one of these," Lusk said. "It's a new season, and what's our identity going to be? Our identity has to be taking care of the basketball...
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