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Missouri State Bears (16-7, 6-5) at Southern Illinois (9-15, 5-6)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Tipoff: 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: SIU Arena (8,339), Carbondale, Ill.
Series: SIU leads 39-35 (22-8 in Carbondale)
TV: FOX Sports Midwest and MVC TV Network (John Rooney, Rich Zvosec)
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
Live Stats: SIUSalukis.com
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The Last Meeting
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Bears Back in Third Place After Win Over SIU
Missouri State (14-6, 4-4 MVC) got 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds from Jarmar Gulley to turn back visiting Southern Illinois, 69-63, here Saturday to help move the Bears into a three-way tie for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.


THE TEN COUNT

  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) has posted 9 straightdouble-figure scoring games, the longest run of his MSU career, and has four double-doubles in his last 8 MVC games. The Bears are 7-0 when he scores 18 or more.
  • After going 11 years (2000-2011) without a win at SIU Arena, the Bears have now won two of the last three there.
  • Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) ranks 10th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.38) and has posted 6.2 assists per game over the last 5 ball games. Williams has also registered 4.8 rebounds per game in that span.
  • MVC Newcomer of the Week, Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) is just the third MSU freshman to knock down 50 treys in a single season. He is 8 away from tying Blake Ahearn’s MSU freshman record (61), set in 2003-04.
  • SIU head coach Barry Hinson was 169-117 (.591) in 9 seasons as head coach of the Bears from 1999-2008. His clubs put together three 20-win seasons and secured four NIT bids in that span.
  • The Missouri State staff includes Southern Illinois alums Paul Lusk (class of 1995), Derrick Tilmon (2000) and Brad Korn (2004) who combined to play 294 games for the Salukis. Recent MSU assistants Kent Williams (2008-11) and Kyle Smithpeters (2011-12) were also products of the highly-successful Carbondale program.
  • MSU is coming off its third wire-to-wire victory of the year. Before its win at Evansville on Wednesday,
  • MSU has recorded victories over Cameron (Dec. 4) and Alabama A&M (Dec. 21) without trailing.
  • Missouri State is 11-0 this season when it makes 14 or more free throws and 10-1 when it attempts more FTs than its opponent.
  • Ron Mvouika (Jr., G/F, Paris) is coming off his first double-double and is averaging 12.3 ppg over the last 3 games.
  • Mvouika also ranks 2nd in the MVC in 3-pt FG% (.489) and is 14-for-21 (.667) from long range in his 7 starts.

THE SERIES

    The series between the Bears and Salukis dates back to 1957 with SIU holding a narrow 39-35 lead in the rivalry. MSU, which has won 9 of the last 10 meetings, is 8-22 in Carbondale.
 The clubs met three times last year with the Bears winning the Valley opener over SIU 70-59 at JQH (12/30/12) behind a 15-point outburst from Nathan Scheer on 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.
 The Salukis avenged the loss in Carbondale (2/16/13), 62-54, as Jeff Early scored 20, while the Bears got 20 points from Anthony Downing and 13 from Christian Kirk.
 The clubs also met in St. Louis in the first round of the MVC Tournament (3/7/13) with the Bears prevailing 61-51. Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane scored 12 apiece for SIU, while the Bears got 18 from Marcus Marshall, 16 from Downing and 10 from Kirk at Scottrade Center.
 Earlier this season (Jan. 25), Jarmar Gulley led four Bears in double figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 69-63 MSU win at JQH Arena. Gavin Thurman added 14, Dorrian Williams tallied 13, and Austin Ruder scored 12 for the home side, while Desmar Jackson scored 18 to lead SIU’s efforts.

COACH Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 43-45 (.489) in his third season at MSU and 47-68 (.409) in his fourth season overall as a head coach.  He is 22-25 in MVC games (14-8 at home, 8-17 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 27-15 in all home games, 14-23 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He is 5-1 against Southern Illinois (1-1 on the road).
 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).

UP NEXT

   MSU returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a rematch with Drake (7 p.m.) on ESPN3 as the Bears close out February with four out of five at home.

LAST GAME (Feb. 5)

   Missouri State (16-7, 6-5 MVC) picked up its fourth road win of the season here Wednesday with a 66-54 victory over Evansville behind the efforts of Jarmar Gulley and Ron Mvouika who both posted double-doubles for the Bears.
   It was Gulley’s ninth straight double-figure scoring game and fourth double-double of the league season as he finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mvouika posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the win.
   Evansville (10-14, 3-8) was led by Egidiju Mockevicius who scored 14 with 10 rebounds, while the league’s top scorer, D.J. Balentine, was held to just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Aces also went 0-for-13 from 3-point range and never led.
   After the home club ended the first half on a 12-1 run to make it a four-point game at the break, Missouri State came out on fire to start the second half. The Bears scored 9 unanswered points, including the first four by Christian Kirk, over the first three-and-a-half minutes of the final stanza to lead 40-27.
   Evansville rode the shoulders of Mockevicius midway through the half to close within 51-45 with just under 8 minutes remaining, but senior Emmanuel Addo pushed the Bears ahead by 11 two minutes later with an open 3-pointer from the top of the key. 
   After Duane Gibson missed a pair of foul shots for the Aces with 5:23 to play, the Bears scored on a fast transition bucket by Austin Ruder that made it 58-45 at the 4:40 mark, and UE would get no closer than 8 the rest of the way.
   MSU went 6-for-10 at the line in the final 2:15, but kept Evansville at arm’s length with solid defense that gave up just two field goals in the clutch.
   The Bears finished 21-of-52 (.404) from the field, 5-of-16 (.313) from 3-point range and 19-of-30 (.633) at the line while out-rebounding Evansville, 44-34. MSU committed 14 turnovers but snagged 9 steals, including 4 by Gulley.
   Evansville was 18-for-51 (.353) from the field and 18-of-28 (.643) at the line with 16 turnovers.
   An 11-0 run midway through the opening half pushed the visitors ahead by as many as 15 points to establish the early momentum. Gulley’s jumper with just over 8 minutes left in the opening period made it a 27-12 game, and Mvouika’s steal, layup and ensuing free throw to complete a 3-point play, later made it 30-15 at the 5:15 mark.
   However, the home club held MSU without a field goal for the rest of the period and ended the half on a 12-1 run to make it a 31-27 contest at the intermission.
 

Missouri State (16-7, 6-5 MVC) picked up its fourth road win of the season here Wednesday with a 66-54 victory over Evansville behind the efforts of Jarmar Gulley and Ron Mvouika who both posted double-doubles for the Bears.

 

It was Gulley’s ninth straight double-figure scoring game and fourth double-double of the league season as he finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Mvouika posted 14 points and 10 rebounds to pace the win.

 

Evansville (10-14, 3-8) was led by Egidiju Mockevicius who scored 14 with 10 rebounds, while the league’s top scorer, D.J. Balentine, was held to just 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting. The Aces also went 0-for-13 from 3-point range and never led.

 

After the home club ended the first half on a 12-1 run to make it a four-point game at the break, Missouri State came out on fire to start the second half. The Bears scored 9 unanswered points, including the first four by Christian Kirk, over the first three-and-a-half minutes of the final stanza to lead 40-27.

 

Evansville rode the shoulders of Mockevicius midway through the half to close within 51-45 with just under 8 minutes remaining, but senior Emmanuel Addo pushed the Bears ahead by 11 two minutes later with an open 3-pointer from the top of the key. 

 

After Duane Gibson missed a pair of foul shots for the Aces with 5:23 to play, the Bears scored on a fast transition bucket by Austin Ruder that made it 58-45 at the 4:40 mark, and UE would get no closer than 8 the rest of the way.

 

MSU went 6-for-10 at the line in the final 2:15, but kept Evansville at arm’s length with solid defense that gave up just two field goals in the clutch.

 

The Bears finished 21-of-52 (.404) from the field, 5-of-16 (.313) from 3-point range and 19-of-30 (.633) at the line while out-rebounding Evansville, 44-34. MSU committed 14 turnovers but snagged 9 steals, including 4 by Gulley.

 

Evansville was 18-for-51 (.353) from the field and 18-of-28 (.643) at the line with 16 turnovers.

 

An 11-0 run midway through the opening half pushed the visitors ahead by as many as 15 points to establish the early momentum. Gulley’s jumper with just over 8 minutes left in the opening period made it a 27-12 game, and Mvouika’s steal, layup and ensuing free throw to complete a 3-point play, later made it 30-15 at the 5:15 mark.

 

However, the home club held MSU without a field goal for the rest of the period and ended the half on a 12-1 run to make it a 31-27 contest at the intermission


 

 

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