Bears Score 93-80 Exhibition Victory on Tuesday
Oct. 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State got a game-high 17 points from Marcus Marshall and 12 off the bench from sophomore classmate Gavin Thurman to turn back visiting Missouri Southern, 93-80, here Tuesday in exhibition basketball play.
The Bears got 56 points from their bench players and out-rebounded MSSU by a 51-39 margin.
All five Missouri Southern starters scored in double figures, including 16 by Cameron Cornelius and 14 by Marquis Addison. Addison also shared game-high rebounding honors with teammate Greg Renfroe with 9 apiece.
In the first half, the Lions had an answer every time the Bears threatened to pull away. After a pair of free throws by Marshall with just under six minutes remaining in the stanza gave Missouri State its biggest lead of the half at 30-22, the Lions stormed back with a 3-pointer by Jordan Talbert and a pair of free throws by Slim Magee to get back within three. MSSU would cut its deficit to 36-34 on a charity shot by Cornelius with 2:50 to go in the period, but the home team ended the half on a 7-4 run, including impressive runs to the rim by Devon Thomas and Nathan Scheer.
Missouri State overcame a sloppy 4-for-9 effort at the foul line in the first half with a 51.4 percent field goal percentage to lead 43-38 at the break.
In the second half, the home club used an 8-0 run less than three minutes into the period to push its advantage to 53-42 as Marshall knocked down a 20-footer and scored a traditional 3-point play, while Keith Pickens made 3-of-4 free throws on the run.
Midway through the half, the Bears used a 13-5 spurt to gain their biggest advantage of the night at 77-58. Thurman had a spinning move to the basket and a long 3-pointer, while newcomers Ron Mvouika and Tyler McCullough scored four apiece to give MSU a 19-point lead with 9:17 left in the game.
The Lions were game, however, and posted a late rally of their own outscoring Missouri State 15-3 over the next three minutes to pull within 80-73 with six-and-a-half minutes remaining. But the Marshall, the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, responded in crunch time as he posted six points in the final six minutes, Scheer knocked down a long 3-pointer, and Pickens put it out of reach with a baseline dunk in the final minutes to secure the win.
Mvouika led MSU with 8 rebounds, while Devon Thomas dished out 5 assists, and Pickens scored 10 points, blocked 5 shots and had 3 steals. Thurman and Austin Ruder both scored a pair of 3-pointers to help MSU finish 6-for-17 (.353) from bonus distance.
Paul Lusk's squad finished 35-for-67 (.522) overall from the field, but shot an unimpressive .586 (17-for-29) at the line. The Bears, who had 12 players in the scoring column, scored 50 points in the paint and never trailed after the 15:03 mark of the first half.
Missouri Southern was held to just 38 percent (27-for-71) shooting on the night, including 8-of-22 (.364) from downtown. The Lions were also 18-of-30 (.600) at the line and snagged 19 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second-chance points.
MSU will open its regular season slate a week from Friday (Nov. 8) at Old Dominion (6 p.m., Central) in a BracketBusters return game.