MSU ends November with 6-1 record; Gulley and Addo earn all-tourney honors
The Cavaliers (7-1), who accumulated the 29th-best point total in this week’s AP poll, were led by Justin Anderson with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while tournament MVP Joe Harris tallied 15 points.
The game could not have started better for the Bears who built an 11-3 lead in the first five minutes with Gulley, Austin Ruder and Emmanuel Addo knocking down 3-pointers before the first media timeout. A trey by Gavin Thurman with 12:26 to go in the half ended a brief 4-0 run by the Cavaliers and gave MSU a 14-7 lead at the time.
Thurman extended the Missouri State lead again with just under 10 minutes to play with his second trey of the opening half to make it 19-14, but Virginia then reeled off the game’s next 14 points over the span of six-and-a-half minutes to turn the tides for good. Back-to-back treys by Anderson pushed the ACC club ahead 28-19 with 2:58 on the first-half clock.The Bears rallied behind a 15-footer from Gulley and a free throw by Addo on UVA’s first foul of the game with 1:01 to go in the first stanza, but Mike Tobey’s jumper at the free throw line in the final minute gave Tony Bennett’s club a 32-22 lead at the break.
The second half started with promise as Missouri State scored 10 points in the first four minutes, six seconds, but Virginia bettered that with 13 points in that span to make it a 45-32 game at the first media timeout. Coming out of that timeout, Virginia put the game away with a 9-0 run to run its lead to 22 points before Thurman ended the outburst by draining his third trey of the night.
The Cavaliers eventually built a 62-37 lead midway through the half before Thurman started a 12-3 run for the Bears with his final 3-pointer of the contest. A free throw by Gulley ended the run with 7:16 left and MSU within 65-49 of the lead.
But a subsequent 14-3 run with three starters on the floor gave Virginia its biggest lead of the night, 79-52, with 3:35 to go, and the Bears outscored their ACC foe 11-4 down the stretch.
The Bears, who had come from behind in five of their first six victories, finished the night 20-for-48 (.417) from the field, but made 12-of-28 (.429) in the second half. MSU finished one 3-pointer shy of a season high with a 10-for-24 (.417) effort beyond the arc as seven different players dropped in treys. Missouri State was also 13-for-21 (.619) at the line and was out-rebounded 38-22, including a 25-11 margin in the second half.
Virginia, which scored 28 points in the paint and 25 off MSU’s 14 turnovers, made 30-of-53 (.566) shots overall and 9-of-23 (.391) from long range with a 14-for-24 (.583) effort at the line. Tobey added 14 points for UVA, while Malcolm Brogdon scored 13.
MSU’s Gulley and Addo were named to the 10-man all-tournament team with 24 and 25 points, respectively, in the final two days.
The Bears will now return home Wednesday night (Dec. 4) to take on Cameron University in a 7:05 p.m. game at JQH Arena. Tickets are on sale now at MissouriStateBears.com with in-person and phone orders available starting at 10 a.m., Monday at the JQH Arena Athletics Box Office and at (417) 836-7678.
Corpus Christi Challenge Final-Day Results
Consolation 3rd Place – Hampton 72, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 65
Consolation Final – Liberty 62, Sam Houston 58
Championship 3rd Place – SMU 55, Texas A&M 52
Championship – Virginia 83, Missouri State 63
Corpus Christi Challenge All-Tournament Team
Justin Anderson – Virginia
Anthony Gill – Virginia
James Thomas – Sam Houston State
Nic Moore – SMU
Jordan Green – Texas A&M
Antwon Burrus – Liberty
Du’Vaughn Maxwell – Hampton
Ghiavonni Robinson – Arkansas Pine Bluff
Jamar Gulley – Missouri State
Emmanuel Addo – Missouri State
Joe Harris – Virginia (MVP)