Late Surge by Thurman Brings Bears Back Within 25-21 at the Half
Forward - Gavin Thurman
Forward - Gavin Thurman

Jan. 23, 2013

SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State has 9 points from Gavin Thurman and has held visiting Wichita State to just 26.9 percent shooting from the field, but the Bears trail the No. 20 Shockers, 25-21 at the intermission here.

MSU got three quick points from Christian Kirk out of the gates to build the early advantage, but the Shockers got to the foul line four times in the first four minutes to take a 4-3 advantage before a baseline right jumper by Demetric Williams made it 6-3.  Drew Wilson's reverse layup brought the Bears back within one at the 12:44 mark, and later Marcus Marshall tied the game with a Marcus Marshall 3-pointer that made it 8-8 at the 11:15 mark.

After a pair of free throws by Anthony Downing with 7:14 to go in the opening half made it a 14-12 game, the Shockers reeled off 10 unanswered points to lead 24-12 with just over five minutes remaining. Thurman then took over, scoring the Bears' last nine points of the half in the span of five minutes, including a key 3-pointer, to make it 25-19 at the break.

Cleanthony Early has 9 points at the intermission to lead WSU, which was 7-for-26 overall and 2-for-10 (2.00) from 3-point range and 9-for-11 (.818) at the line.

The Bears were out-rebounded 19-17 and committed 6 turnovers while firing at a 7-for-25 (.280) clip from the field. MSU was 2-for-9 (.222) from bonus distance and 5-of-6 (.833) at the line.

MSU is looking to snap a three-game league skid against their third top 25 home opponent this season.



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