ST. LOUIS (AP) D.J. Balentine scored 21 points and Evansville rolled to a 66-56 victory over Missouri State on Friday night in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
The second-seeded Purple Aces (24-8) move on to face No. 6 seed Indiana State (15-16) in a semifinal matchup on Saturday.
Balentine was 8 of 17 from the floor. Egidijus Mockevicius added 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Evansville, which bounced back from a 54-52 loss to Northern Iowa that snapped a four game win streak.