Gavin Thurman leads all scorers with 14 points for the Bears who have shot 55 percent
Jan. 30, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State has shot an efficient 55 percent from the field in the first half, but nine 3-pointers by home standing Creighton have set the pace for a 45-32 Bluejays lead at the intermission at the CenturyLink Center.
MSU's Gavin Thurman has won the battle of power forwards thus far, outscoring Creighton's acclaimed Doug McDermott 14-11 through 20 minutes. Thurman is 6-for-7 from the field with one of the Bears' three 3-pointers.
Anthony Downing has contributed 7 points for MSU, while Marcus Marshall has 5 at the break. The Bears are 11-for-20 from the field, 3-of-7 (.429) from bonus distance and 7-of-9 (.778) at the line.
Missouri State was out-rebounded 15-10 with CU converting 6 offensive caroms into 8 second-chance points.
The Bears led 2-0 and 4-2 in the early going with Thurman scoring the first basket, and Marshall knocking down a 20-footer within the first minute. After CU pushed ahead by four the MSU freshman pair teamed up for back-to-back treys for the visitors to make it a one-point game, 14-13 at the 13:20 mark.
Greg McDermott's club then reeled off four treys over the span of the next four-and-a-half minutes to push ahead 28-17. Late in the half, the Bears put together a 9-5 run capped by a Thurman hook shot with just over three minutes left, but Creighton climbed ahead by its widest margin with a putback by McDermott and a 3-ball by southwest Missouri send-off Avery Dingman just before the buzzer.
Creighton is 16-for-29 (.552) from the field, 9-of-17 (.529) from long range and 4-of-7 (.571) at the line. The Jays are ranked No. 17 in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 21 in the Associated Press.