The Bears (18-7) won their third straight game and sixth of
their last seven outings.
The contest was one of 13 BracketBusters games ESPN televised to
provide national exposure to mid-major teams that have a chance at
making the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers lost their second straight game and fourth of their
last six to fall to 18-8.
The Panthers were without starting forward Adrian Tigert, who
hurt his back a week ago in Milwaukee's 86-57 victory over
Cleveland State. He was averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.
The Bears were on top by 11 points at 52-41 with 11:01 left
after a pair of free throws by Bilyeu.
The Panthers, though, battled back to within 63-60 on a basket
by McCoy with 1:06 left. On the next possession, Bilyeu was fouled
and made two free throws for a five-point Missouri State lead with
55 seconds left. Milwaukee never got that close again.
The Bears led 34-28 at halftime.
Sky Frazier's layup with 15:32 left to play in the first half
put Missouri State on top for good in the period at 7-6. Missouri
State's biggest lead was eight points.