MSU Stays Unbeaten in 97-67 Win Over Grambling
Nov. 20, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State (3-0) shot 60 percent from the field and got 17 points from Marcus Marshall to help turn back visiting Grambling (0-3), 97-67, here Wednesday night in non-conference play.
The Bears also got 14 points from newcomer Emmanuel Addo who was 8-for-8 at the line. MSU out-rebounded the Tigers by a 36-25 margin while collecting 23 assists on 34 field goals. Paul Lusk’s troops also shot a JQH Arena record 80.8 percent from the field (21-of-26) in the second half and got 45 points from the bench.
A’Torri Shine led Grambling State with a game-high 20 points, including an 8-for-9 effort at the foul line. Remond Brown added 16 points for the Tigers, while Chase Comier knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points and a game-high 7 assists.
In the first half, the Bears fell behind 4-0 after a couple of quick jumpers by Brown, but reeled off 11 unanswered points over the next three minutes to take a lead they would never relinquish. Dorrian Williams’ 3-pointer at the 13:01 mark gave MSU a double-figure advantage for the first time at 16-6.
MSU would eventually lead by 15 in the first stanza as a pair of Addo free throws with just over four-and-a-half on the clock made it a 35-20 contest, but Grambling rallied within six with a 9-0 run to cut its deficit to 35-29 with 2:51 remaining. The home team closed out the opening half with an Addo-generated 4-1 run to lead 39-30 at the intermission.
Less than three minutes into the second half, MSU opened up its biggest lead to that point as Addo closed out an 11-4 scoring outburst with a coast-to-coast layup. A 3-pointer by freshman Austin Ruder with 12:52 left in the game gave Missouri State its first 20-point advantage, and the Bears stretched their lead to 30 for the first time when Marcus Marshall scored on a traditional 3-point play that made it 78-48 at the 6:30 mark.
A trey by Bruce Marshall with just 1:22 to go gave Missouri State its biggest lead of the night, 95-61, in a contest that saw 12 Bears in the scoring column, including six with eight points or more.
Ron Mvouika led all players with 6 rebounds in an 8-point scoring effort by the newcomer. Ruder, Devon Thomas and Gavin Thurman also tacked on 8 points apiece, while Jarmar Gulley and Thomas led the winning side with 5 assists each.
The Bears finished 34-for-57 from the field, 11-of-25 from long range and 18-for-25 (.720) at the line. Seven different Bears knocked down 3-pointers in the game. MSU missed just nine attempts overall in the second half – four at the foul line and five from the field, including three from beyond the arc.
Grambling committed 16 turnovers and was 22-of-57 (.386) from the field, 4-of-17 (.235) deep and 19-for-24 (.792) at the foul line.
Missouri State will begin a four-game week on Sunday afternoon (2:05 p.m.) when it hosts Hampton (2-2) at JQH Arena in the opening round of the Corpus Christi Challenge. MSU will then host Liberty on Tuesday night (7:05 p.m.) in the event before playing the final two games of the tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, Nov. 29-30. For tickets to the Hampton and Liberty games, visit MissouriStateBears.com, or stop by the MSU Athletics Box Office at JQH Arena during regular office hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by phone at (417) 836-7678.