Spencer Laurie enters his fourth year in the Missouri State basketball program and his third playing campaign in 2008-09. He is one of three returning starters from last year's 17-16 squad and will be counted on as one of the team's veteran leaders this season. He was granted an additional season of eligibility under the NCAA waiver after the injury and personal circumstances during and following his second season at the University of Missouri (2004-05). He'll join younger brother Shane, and junior Justin Fuehrmeyer as the team's returning backcourt starters.
Started 18 of the team's 33 games and averaged 8.0 points - fourth-best on the 2007-08 squad . . . Led the team in three-pointers (63) and long-range attempts (172) . . . Was second on the squad in assists with 103, behind Fuehrmeyer (134) . . . Started 10 of 18 conference games, averaging 9.9 points in league play while connecting on 42 three-pointers and hitting at a 39-percent clip from beyond the arc. . . Went 6-for-9 from three-point range and finished with 20 points in home win over Bradley (1/2/08) . . . Had a team-high 13 points at Northern Iowa on (1/20/08) . . . Scored in double-figures on 13 occasions. . . Led the Bears in assists 12 games, including a season-high nine in home win over UNC-Greensboro (11/17/07) . . . Handed out seven assists on four occasions and collected five assists four times . . . Had 21 games with multiple three-pointers, including 10 straight games from 12/30/07 to 1/29/08, and hit at least one three-pointer in 27 games . . . Finished ninth in the league in three-pointers made per game (1.91).
One of two players on the Bears' NIT qualifying team to start all 33 games. . . Was third on the team in minutes played (939) while easily leading the ballclub in assists as the starting point guard . . . Finished second on the team in steals (37) . . . Posted a 2:1 ratio of assists to turnovers . . . Named to the MVC All-Newcomer Team and was tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Year . . . Led Missouri State in assists in 21 of 33 games with a season high of eight in the Bears' home win over Wichita State (3/2/07) . . . Had seven assists in each of five other games and handed out six on four occasions . . . Had 14 ballgames with multiple three-pointers . . . Scored in double figures six times, getting a season-high of 16 points at Bradley (1/2/07) when he connected on 6-of-11 from the field . . . Scored 10 points in wins at UNC Wilmington (12/9/06), South Florida (12/22/06), UNI (2/10/07) and in victories at home against Delaware State (11/19/06) and Illinois State (2/6/07) in his other double-figure outings . . . Had career-highs in three-point field goal attempts (10), blocked shots (2) and minutes played (37) vs. Oklahoma State (11/25/06) . . . Was named the Valley Newcomer of the Week for the week of Jan. 2-7.
Laurie transferred to Missouri State in the summer of 2005 and redshirted his first year back in Springfield to regain his eligibility following his transfer from the University of Missouri.
University of Missouri . . . Played in seven games before a knee injury sidelined him the remainder of the season . . . Transferred to Missouri State in the summer of 2005.
University of Missouri . . . Played 21 games as a true freshman . . . handed out 17 assists and contributing key points in several Tiger victories . . . Totaled 17 assists and two three-pointers on the season, including 12 games with at least one assist and two assists on five occasions. . . Played a season-high 20 minutes against Indiana.
Laurie was named Missouri's Mr. Show-Me Basketball after a storied senior season in 2002-03 . . . Was part of the phenomenal Kickapoo High team of 2002-03 and was one of four senior starters on that team to move on to college programs, including three of the four to Division I. The Chiefs of MSU alum Roy Green rolled up a 30-1 record that included an Ozark Conference title and the Missouri Class 5 state championship. The Chiefs outscored their opposition by nearly 30 points a game, and Laurie was the team's leading scorer with a (17.0) and top three-point marksman . . . Also hit 74 percent from the foul line and had huge totals of assists (175) and steals (105) in 30 games . . . Was a two-year starter and all-state performer for the Chiefs, setting Kickapoo records for career, season, and single-game threes, career assists and season steals and assists.
Spencer William Laurie was born Sept. 19, 1984, in Springfield, Mo. . . Son of Barry and Gayle Laurie of Springfield, Mo. . . Spencer is the older brother of Missouri State senior guard and three-time letterman Shane Laurie . . . Father Barry played basketball at the University of Missouri . . . He is majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a minor in Marketing.
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Missouri State was on his short list of colleges, along with Minnesota, North Carolina State and Missouri, where he started his collegiate career . . . His most-memorable game was the team's win over No. 7 Wisconsin (11/24/06) at Padre Island - a game in which he played 35 minutes with 9 points and six assists . . . May be the only player in college history to have played at four different on-campus home arenas . . . Favorite TV show is "The Office" and his favorite movie is "Swingers" . . . Says he is the best on the team playing the video game Mario Cart . . . Favorite food is steak.