SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Adam Leonard, playing in his first game for the Bears, scored 14 points. Kyle Weems had 13 and Jermaine Mallett scored 12 for Missouri State (1-0).
Auburn (1-1) was led by Lucas Hargrove who had 24.
The Tigers, who trailed 36-31 at halftime, were unable to catch
up in the second half after making only 2-of-9 shots in the first
nine minutes, including a 5:15 stretch without a field goal.
Auburn, which led most of the first half, was ahead 22-16 with
7:17 left in the half before Missouri State went on a 10-0 run that
included 3-pointers by Leonard and Weems. Missouri State increased
its lead to 32-24 on another Weems score before back-to-back
baskets by Earnest Ross got Auburn to within 32-29 with 2:08 to go