Missouri State looks to get back in the winning column when the Bears travel to MVC co-leader Indiana State
Jan. 13, 2014
Missouri State Game Notes
Indiana State Game Notes
Missouri State Bears (12-4, 2-2) at Indiana State (13-3, 4-0)
Date: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
Tipoff: 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: Hulman Center (10,200), Terre Haute, Ind.
Series: MSU leads 38-22 (12-16 in Terre Haute)
TV: ESPN3 exclusive (Scott Warmann, Rich Zvosec) | ESPN Game Plan | ESPN3
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Live Video: none
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com
Tickets: Game 17 Tickets | MSU Mini Ticket Plans
Connect: @MissouriStBears @MSUBearsHoops #MSUBears
THE TEN COUNT
- Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) is this week's MVC Player of the Week after he scored a career-high 26 points in last week's win at Bradley and followed that with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a narrow OT loss to No. 6 Wichita State on Saturday. He averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the week.
- Missouri State has overcome four halftime deficits this season and has also bettered deficits of 8 points or more in seven of its 12 wins. The Bears are 8-1 (WSU) when leading at the intermission and 4-3 when trailing.
- Indiana State is 6-0 at Hulman Center this season, and the Sycamores have won 6 in a row overall.
- Bears head coach Paul Lusk is chasing his 40th win at MSU. He is 39-42 in his third season with the Bears.
- Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) is tied for the MVC lead in 3-pointers per game (2.3). At 8.2 ppg, he is also the third-best freshman scorer in The Valley behind Loyola's Milton Doyle (14.6 ppg) and Evansville's Blake Simmons (8.8 ppg).
- Marcus Marshall (So., G, St. Paul, Minn.) has scored in double figures in 6 straight games and is averaging 15.6 points per game since returning from his knee injury on Dec. 13 (8-game span).
- Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) ranks 24th nationally and 2nd in the MVC in assist-to-turnover (3.06).
- Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) is coming off the Bears' first double-double of the season (15 points, 14 rebounds) against No. 6 Wichita State. It was Gulley's second career double-double and third double-figure rebounding game.
- Indiana State leads the MVC and ranks 15th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (.410) while making 7.4 per/g.
- The Bears have forced double-figure turnovers in 15-of-16 games this season with its opponents averaging 12.8 mishaps per night. Missouri State is getting 13.0 points per game off turnovers.
The series between the Bears and Sycamores dates back to the 1951-52 season with Missouri State holding a 38-22 lead all-time, including a 12-16 mark in Terre Haute.
Last year, the Sycamores defeated the Bears in Hulman Center (1/16/13), 68-60, as ISU shot 57.1 percent from the field and forced 12 MSU turnovers. Gavin Thurman (18) and Anthony Downing (12) led MSU's efforts.
MSU avenged the loss at JQH Arena (2/12/13) as it opened the second half on a 12-4 run to push to a 67-65 win. Marcus Marshall scored 19 for the Bears to match a career-high at the time, while Christian Kirk scored 14, and Keith Pickens added 11.
COACH Paul Lusk
Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 39-42 (.481) in his third season at MSU and 42-65 (.393) in his fourth season overall as a head coach. He is 18-22 in MVC games (11-8 at home, 7-14 on the road), 1-2 in MVC Tournament games and 21-20 in all non-conference games (13-6 at JQH Arena, 6-7 away and 2-7 at neutral sites). He is also 24-15 in all home games, 13-20 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He is 2-2 against Indiana State (1-1 in Terre Haute).
The 42-year-old Lusk took the reins as MSU's 17th head coach on April 1, 2011. He came to Springfield after seven seasons at Purdue (2004-11), including his last three as associate head coach there. Now in his 16th season in the coaching profession, Lusk has previous assistant coaching stops at Southwestern Illinois (1996-97), Missouri Southern (1999-2002) and Southern Illinois (2003-04) in addition to a one-year head coaching stint at (Div. III) Dubuque (2002-03). Lusk has played or coached in 10 NCAA Tournaments.
With the seventh-youngest team in Division I basketball last year, Lusk led MSU to its 42nd straight winning record at home and the fifth-best turnover average in the nation (10.2). The 2012-13 Bears also set high-water marks for most games against ranked opponents with six and the best single-season scoring total for a freshman class in program history (855).
Missouri State will travel to Northern Iowa on Saturday (Jan. 18) at Noon on ESPNU. The Bears will return home Jan. 21 to play Evansville (7:05 p.m.) as part of a two-game home stand.
LAST GAME (Jan. 11)
MSU fought unbeaten Wichita State tooth and nail for 45 minutes before the visiting Shockers emerged with a 72-69 overtime win before 10,776 fans at JQH.
Fred VanVleet scored 7 of his 16 points in overtime to help WSU overcome a 19-point deficit in the final 12 minutes of regulation.
MSU got its first double-double of the season from Jarmar Gulley who scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds for the Bears who led 54-35 with 11:48 to go. Austin Ruder went 5-for-8 from 3-point range to finish with 17 points, while Marcus Marshall added 15.
Paul Lusk's troops ended the first half on 37-12 run after the Shockers took a 12-5 lead at the 14:47 mark of the opening period on a dunk by Tekele Cotton. Gavin Thurman led the MSU charge from there as he went on a personal 7-0 run to give the home club its first lead of the night five at the 10-minute mark.
The Bears tallied 8 3-pointers in the first half to take a 42-24 lead into the intermission, but the battle-tested Shockers were game and started the second half on a 7-0 run to climb within 42-31 less than 3 minutes into the second half.
Gulley accounted for 8 points over the next five minutes, and Ruder knocked down a key 3-pointer on the Bears' ensuing run. Gulley's traditional 3-point play at the 11:48 mark put the Bears on top by 19, their biggest lead of the night.
Wichita amped up its pressure defense and used a 16-2 run over the next three minutes to cut its deficit to 54-46 on a pair of charity shots by Early at 9:07.
Again, the home team answered the bell with Marshall ending the Bears' slump with a 20-footer to push the underdogs ahead 58-51 with just under 7 minutes remaining. Later it was Ruder who rose to the occasion. After a pair of Baker free throws made it 60-55 with 4:29 left, the Ruder dropped in his fifth trey of the night with the shot clock running down to give MSU a 63-55 lead at the 3:54 mark.
The Bears clung to a four-point lead with a minute left in regulation when a block-charge call turned things around for the Shockers with 47.7 ticks to go. VanVleet plowed through Nathan Scheer and converted the traditional 3-point play when Scheer was called for the block. That play proved pivotal as it made it a 64-63 contest at the time. MSU turned to Gulley on his next possession, but the ball was jarred loose and ended up in the Shockers' hands. Marshall then fouled VanVleet on his ensuing drive to the bucket, and Wichita's clutch man made one-of-two from the line with 8 ticks left.
With the game tied, 64-64, the Bears set up the final play of regulation, but Dorrian Williams' 17-footer at the horn fell short, sending the game to overtime.