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Missouri Valley Conference Tournament - Illinois State vs Missouri State Wrap - Missouri State Wins 53-48

Missouri State grabbed a 53-48 win over Illinois State on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from Austin Ruder at Scottrade Center.

Missouri State was an underdog by1 point and came through with an ATS victory for bettors.

Missouri State got 8 points from Jarmar Gulley and another 7 points from Devon Thomas. Dorrian Williams contributed 5 assists, while Keith Pickens cleaned the glass with 14 rebounds.

Illinois State got 25 points from Zach Lofton in a losing cause and another 6 points from Bobby Hunter. Paris Lee contributed 3 assists for them, while Reggie Lynch had 8 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Missouri State were victorious, as the score was 22-17 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Missouri State as they grabbed 45 boards, while Illinois State only had 36.