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Balentine scores 20, leads Evansville to 73-66 win over Missouri State


EVANSVILLE, Indiana — D.J. Balentine scored 20 points and Evansville pulled away in the second half to beat Missouri State 73-66 on Tuesday.

Adam Wing added 17 points and the Purple Aces (17-8, 7-6 Missouri Valley Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Balentine is tied for 25th in the nation in scoring and has notched double figures in all but two of Evansville's games this season

Evansville led early but Shawn Roundtree put Missouri State up 24-22 with a layup. Wing hit two free throws to tie it at 30 at halftime.

The lead traded hands seven times until Jaylon Moore tied it at 51 with a free throw, sparking an 11-2 Evansville run, then Balentine hit back-to-back buckets and the Purple Aces pulled away 65-57 with 3:27 left.

Camyn Boone led Missouri State (9-16, 3-10) with a career-high 21 points, Chris Hendrix scored 13 and Gavin Thurman 12.

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