NORMAL, Ill. — The Missouri State Bears will be without one of their star JUCO transfers tonight.
Reported by Jim Connell of Springfield News-Leader, the Bears will be without junior Ronnie Rousseau III for this evening’s showdown with Illinois State. The 5’10” guard was originally listed as a game-time decision after injuring his ankle versus Indiana State on Saturday.
Rousseau III, an NJCAA Division I All-American second teamer, is averaging 11.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists within one of the most talented backcourts in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has scored in double-figures 8 of Missouri State’s 15 games.
As of yesterday, Rousseau III had not practiced since injuring his ankle. Per Connell, who received word from Missouri State SID Rick Kindhart, the junior re-tweaked his ankle in practice prior to tonight’s contest.
Sophomore Ryan Kreklow will start in place of Rousseau III. The in-state product is producing 8.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game this season. He is also shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc and 90.5% from the charity stripe. In fact, Kreklow sealed the Bears’ first Missouri Valley Conference victory with four made free throws.
The Missouri State Bears take on the Illinois State Redbirds at 9 p.m. EST. Both teams are 2-0 in conference play. College Court Report will have full coverage from Redbird Arena.
– P. Wesner