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Missouri State wins on half-court shot in chaotic final-seconds

Missouri State Bears beat the Illinois State Redbirds 66-65 after junior guard Tyrik Dixon hit a game-winning, half-court shot in the games chaotic final seconds.
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Missouri State Bears beat the Illinois State Redbirds 66-65 after junior guard Tyrik Dixon hit a game-winning, half-court shot in the games chaotic final seconds.

The Missouri State-Illinois State men’s basketball game briefly devolved into a soccer game on Sunday.

Illinois State led by two points with 7.8 seconds remaining and was inbounding the ball. The Bears’ Keandre Cook knocked the ball free and it was knocked toward center court, where nine of the 10 players converged on the ball (like a little kid soccer game).

Missouri State’s Jarred Dixon emerged with the ball with 1.7 seconds on the clock.

Dixon, whose brother Michael used to play at Mizzou, took two dribbles and launched a shot from half-court. The clock hit zero while the ball was in the air.

“As soon as I let it go, I was like, ‘this has a chance to bank in or bank out,’” Dixon told the Springfield News-Leader. “It was on target.”

The ball banked in and Missouri State won 66-65.

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The loss felt all too familiar to Illinois State, which lost to Valparaiso last month on half-court winner.

“You get struck by lightning once it feels weird,” Illinois State coach Dan Muller told the Pantagraph. “You get (struck) twice … this stinks and feels bad. Those guys are crushed.”

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.


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