Marcus Marshall scores a career-high 19 points in loss to nationally-ranked WSU
Anthony Downing has 7 points early despite sitting most of the first half with 2 fouls
Missouri State trails Bradley 35-20 at the intermission at Carver Arena in Peoria
Missouri State overcomes a 16-point road deficit in Peoria, but Bradley banks in an off-balance trey at the horn
Gavin Thurman scores a game-high 18 points for Missouri State, while Downing added 12
A rapidly-developing big man who entered high school at just 6-foot-1, Bruce Marshall has the range of a shooting guard and inside skills of a solid 6-foot-10 post prospect ... Averaged 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during four-game tour of Costa Rica in August ... Had two double-figure games in Costa Rica, including a 10-point, 9-rebound effort against Abogados (8/9/12).
High School: Averaged 28.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.8 blocks with 58 three-pointers as a senior for Coach Chris Kendrick and Fayette (Mo.) High in 2011-12 ... Was a consensus Missouri Class 2 All-State first teamer, Parade magazine All-America selection, and was named Mid-Missouri Player of the Year by the Columbia Tribune ... Also landed first-team all-conference and all-district honors, named to KMZU Dream Team and KRES All-Stars ... Senior highlights include: 45 points against Hallsville (12/19/11), a triple-double of 18 points, 17 rebounds and 14 blocks against Stover (1/3/12); 31 points in win over Sweet Springs (1/5/12); 27 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks against Sturgeon in finals of New Franklin Invitational (1/7/12); eclipsed 1,000 career points with a 37-point effort vs. Slater (1/10/12); 37 points and 20 rebounds against Harrisburg (1/16/12); 31 points, 7 blocks and 7 boards in win over Marceline (1/31/12); 50 points on 21-of-26 shooting with 7 three-pointers and 10 blocks vs. Paris (2/5/12); 32 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocks vs. Salisbury (2/10/12) ... Falcons finished 16-9 his senior season ... Averaged 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game as a junior, while earning all-district and all-conference laurels along with KMZU Dream Team distinction ... Team finished 19-6 in 2010-11 ... Also notched 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as an upstart sophomore on a 21-7 squad ... Earned first-team all-conference and KMZU Dream Team honors as a sophomore in 2009-10 ... He was a member of the Rameybasketball AAU club ... Signed a National Letter of Intent to play with the Bears during the early signing period on Nov. 9, 2011 ... Recruited by former MSU assistant Kyle Smithpeters.
Personal: Bruce K. Marshall was born 3/20/94 in Brunswick, Maine ... Son of Kent and Deborah Marshall of Fayette, Mo. ... Undecided on academic major, but plans to pursue a career in sports management ... Selected Missouri State over fellow suitors Air Force and UMKC.