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Missouri State's Pickens refuses to let injuries define his career

ST. LOUIS -- His body was telling him no. And he knows he probably should have listened. But Keith Pickens just couldn't miss this. This is March, after all. This is where the memories are made. That's what brought him back. From a college basketball career that was over. Dead and buried. Missouri State announced Pickens was done with a press release a year ago, on March 1, 2013...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri State Holds Off Illinois State Rally to Reach Semifinals

Photo: AP | David Welker No.  4 seed Missouri State advanced to the MVC semifinals Friday with an ugly win against No. 5 seed Illinois State. The two teams shot a combined 32.1% from the field, but big shots late in the game by the Bears’ Austin Ruder and Keith Pickens vaulted them to a 53-48 victory. “Our guys didn’t cave in,” Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk said. “Even...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Missouri State defeats Loyola of Chicago 72-56

Christian Kirk scored 16 points and Keith Pickens 14 as Missouri State defeated Loyola of Chicago 72-56 Tuesday night to stake out - for the moment - sole possession of third place in the Missouri Valley Conference, which begins its post-season tournament next week. The Bears (19-10, 9-8 MVC) led wire-to-wire and forced 13 Loyola turnovers, outscoring the Ramblers (9-20, 4-13) off...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pickens, Missouri State move past Drake 69-63

Keith Pickens had 18 points with seven rebounds and Christian Kirk added 12 points as Missouri State defeated Drake 69-63 on Wednesday night. The Bears (17-8, 7-6 Missouri Valley) outrebounded Drake 35-27 and went 23 of 29 from the foul line. Jarmar Gulley finished with 11 points. Drake (12-13, 3-10) shot 52.2 percent from the field, but went 9 of 17 on free throws and committed...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 6 Louisville blows out Missouri State, 90-60

Missouri State guard Keith Pickens was expecting an early strike from defending national champion Louisville. Sometimes, knowing the punch is coming isn't enough to dodge it. ''We knew it was coming,'' Pickens said following Missouri State's 90-60 loss Tuesday night to the sixth-ranked Cardinals. ''We didn't absorb the first punch very well and it got away from us early.'' After...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

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