SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Austin Ruder made 6 of 8 3-pointers to score 22 points, Alize Johnson made the winning free throw in overtime, and Missouri State beat Loyola of Chicago 82-81 on Tuesday night to end the Ramblers’ three-game win streak.
It was the Bears’ third straight overtime game — a school first.
The Ramblers led 75-73 on Aundre Jackson’s two free throws, but Jarred Dixon’s 3-pointer and jumper put the Bears up 78-75. Milton Doyle tied it with a 3 before Dixon missed two free throws and the Ramblers led 81-78 after Jackson’s 3-point play with 51 seconds left.
Dixon hit a jumper and was fouled but failed to complete the 3-point play and the Bears trailed 81-80. Johnson’s free throw tied it at 81, Loyola called a timeout, and Johnson made the second free throw for the win. Doyle’s 3 rimmed out at the buzzer.
Johnson scored 14 with 12 rebounds for his 14th double-double and Obediah Church scored 12 points with three blocks for the Bears (15-9, 6-5 Missouri Valley).