Tuesday , Mar , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Missouri State wins thriller over Houston in the NIT

Springfield, MO (Sports Network) – Nathan Bilyeu putback a rebound with 2.3
seconds remaining in regulation and also connected on a foul shot to complete
a three-point play, as the Missouri State Bears posted a thrilling 60-59
victory over the Houston Cougars in the second round of the NIT Tournament.

Bilyeu finished the contest with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists,
while Kellen Easley posted a double-double for Missouri State (22-8), scoring
14 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

Lanny Smith registered a game-high 21 points for Houston (21-10), while Ramon
Dyer tallied 16 points in the setback.

Despite shooting 38.7 percent from the field in the opening frame, the Cougars
made 8-of-24 attempts from long range to go into the break with a slim 37-36

In the second stanza, the Bears held Houston to a putrid 25.8 percent shooting
effort from the floor en route to the one-point victory.

Missouri State’s reserves scored 19 points in the contest, while Houston’s
bench posted just two points.

The Missouri State Bears will now battle the Louisville Cardinals in the