Missouri State beats Arkansas State 77-46

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Anthony Downing came off the bench to

score 15 points and lead Missouri State to a 77-46 victory over

Arkansas State on Tuesday night.

Downing made 6 of 8 shots, including three 3-pointers, for the

Bears (2-0).

Caleb Patterson scored 14 points, Michael Bizoukas 11 and Kyle

Weems 10 for Missouri State, which enjoyed a 31-6 margin in bench

scoring and a 41-36 rebounding advantage.

Malcoln Kirkland had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for

the Red Wolves (0-2), who dropped their home opener. Trey Finn

added 13 points.

After Arkansas State cut into a 15-point halftime deficit with a

7-2 run to start the second half, Missouri State responded with a

10-2 run of its own. Bizoukas and Nathan Scheer hit 3-pointers

during that stretch and helped give the Bears a 48-30 edge with

13:11 left.

The Red Wolves shot just 29.4 percent (15 of 51).