Bears Rally to Clip ODU in Overtime
F - Jarmar Gulley
F - Jarmar Gulley

Nov. 8, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. - Missouri State outscored Old Dominion 16-4 in overtime to help the Bears push past the Monarchs, 79-67, here Friday in the season opener for both clubs.

   Jarmar Gulley and Marcus Marshall scored 18 points apiece for MSU, which improved to 8-1 all-time in BracketBusters return games. ODU was led by Aaron Bacote with a career-high 28 points, including four 3-pointers.

   Paul Lusk's club had to rally to get to the extra period as Bacote took over late in the second half to push ODU up by as many as eight points. He tallied 9 points in a five-minute stretch. His 3-pointer with 3:55 left in regulation snapped a 7-0 run by Missouri State and pushed ODU ahead 61-57.

   Freshman Tyler McCullough helped start the late MSU rally at the 3:08 mark with a put-back that got MSU within two. After a pair of free throws by ODU's Dimitri Batten, Gulley scored on a spin move to the bucket with 1:40 remaining.  Keith Pickens gathered in a key defensive rebound on the Monarchs' next possession and pushed the ball ahead to Marshall who was fouled and ultimately tied the game, 63-63, with the ensuing free throws with 1:01 to go.



   Old Dominion called timeout on its next possession and got the ball to Batten whose miss was gathered in by McCullough. The Bears called timeout to set up the final shot of regulation, which Marshall missed from the top of the key to force extra time.

   In overtime, it was all MSU. McCullough controlled the opening tip, and the Bears immediately went to Gulley for a short bank shot. ODU missed a pair of free throws on its first overtime trip down the floor, and the Bears wasted no time finding freshman Austin Ruder for a right-wing 3-pointer - his fourth of the night to put the Bears up 68-63.

   Old Dominion converted a free throw, but Gulley answered with a dribble drive to the bucket with 3:25 on the clock. With just under two minutes left in overtime, Marshall scored on a floater to give the Bears a 74-64 advantage, and MSU made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure their third season-opening win in three seasons under Lusk.

   A total of 58 fouls were called in the game, and the Bears proved to be better prepared for that, making 26-of-36 (.722) at the foul line, while ODU was 14-for-25 (.560).

   Missouri State was 23-for-59 (.390) from the field for the game, but made 4-of-6 in overtime. MSU also knocked down 7-of-16 (.438) 3-pointers and out-rebounded the Monarchs by a 52-44 margin. The 52 caroms by Missouri State marked the most ever under Lusk.

   Ruder finished with 14 points, while Gulley and Pickens led the club with 9 rebounds apiece. MSU tallied 14 second-chance points and got 20 points from its bench.

   Batten (12) and Richard Ross (14) were also in double figures for ODU, which was held to 23-of-68 (.338) from the field and 7-of-23 (.304) from beyond the arc. 

   Much like the last time the teams played in the 2012 BracketBusters game in Springfield, the game was a virtual dead heat statistically with both teams hitting 23 field goals and seven 3-pointers. MSU had 13 turnovers, while ODU had 11 in the rematch Friday.

   There were five ties and six lead changes in the first 13 minutes of the opening half before the Bears found the spark they needed. Ruder knocked down his first career trey at the 6:41 mark to put the Bears up 19-16 and helped spark an 11-4 run.

   On that early run, Ron Mvouika scored on a jumper off the glass, and Tyler McCullough hit a free throw before Ruder hit another 3-pointer. Mvouika capped the Bears' three-minute stretch with another rim run to make it a 27-20 game with just 3:47 left in the opening stanza.

   Old Dominion bounced off the canvas with a mini 6-0 run to make it a one-point game with under two minutes to play in the first half, but Missouri State got to the line late in the period and made 3-of-4 charity shots by Pickens and Bruce Marshall to lead 30-28 at the intermission.

   The Bears extended their lead to as much as 37-30 early in the second half, but Old Dominion outscored the visitors by a 24-9 margin over a nine-minute stretch midway through the second period to briefly turn the tides.

   MSU will have eight days to prepare for Tulsa, which comes to JQH Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a 7:05 p.m., start. Tickets for the game are available now at, and during regular box office hours at the Chevy Pickup Window at JQH Arena and by calling (417) 836-7678.

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