Daquon Miller played the role of hero in Missouri State's stunning 64-63 win over Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Saturday. A hoop (and harm) 3-point play pulled the Bears within one with 17 seconds to go after MSU had led most of the game. After two missed Jawun Evans free throws, Miller went the length of the floor and converted a layup with 7.3 seconds to go. A Cowboys' miss later, and the Bears had pulled off a stunner.
Miller finished with 21 to lead all scorers and controlled the ball a good portion of the game. Teammate Camyn Boone added 17 more with 9 rebounds. Controlling the boards was a huge part of this one for Missouri State, who grabbed 10 more than the Cowboys.
In the first half the Bears took the lead partially due to some decent three-point shooting and the Bears' Camyn Boone out rebounding Oklahoma State. The real reason for the lead, though, was that the Cowboys just weren't hitting shots, resulting in a 12-point, 32-20 Missouri State lead at the half.
Considering the usually poor Bears defense, the Cowboys were bound to come back and start making buckets. They did, outscoring the Bears 43-32 in the second half.
To this point in the season, the Bears have been less than great. They had shown flashes of talent against Minnesota and a close game with Utah State, but otherwise had been blown out in games against Butler, Oral Roberts, and Mississippi. The game against the Cowboys was a different story.