Tulio Da Silva registered 14 points as Missouri State defeated Evansville 65-52 on Tuesday in the first Missouri Valley Conference matchup of the season for both teams.
Missouri State entered the locker room at halftime trailing 31-23, but the Bears were able to outscore the Purple Aces 42-21 in the second half to roll to the 13-point victory. Both teams set season lows for scoring during the game. The Bears' 23 first-half points were the lowest of the season for the home team, while the 21 second-half points for the Purple Aces marked the fewest of the season for the visiting team.
Missouri State plays Loyola of Chicago on the road on Saturday. Evansville plays Valparaiso at home on Saturday.
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