Missouri State Set for Road Battle with Redbirds
Sr., F, Jarmar Gulley
Sr., F, Jarmar Gulley

Feb. 17, 2014

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Missouri State Bears (17-9, 7-7) at Illinois State (14-12, 7-7)

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Tipoff: 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: Redbird Arena (10,000), Normal, Ill.
Series: ISU leads 35-27 (21-6 in Normal)
TV: KCZ, The Ozarks CW and Missouri State Basketball TV Network (Ned Reynolds, Kelby Stuckey) |  ESPN3
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
Live Stats: GameTracker
Live Video: ESPN3
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com
Tickets: Game 27 Tickets  |  Next home game tickets vs. Indiana State

Wichita State 14-0 27-0
Indiana State 11-3 20-6
Missouri State 7-7 17-9
Illinois State 7-7 14-12
Northern Iowa 7-7 13-13
Bradley 6-8 11-16
Southern Illinois 6-8 10-17
Drake 4-10 13-13
Evansville 4-10 11-16
Loyola 4-10 9-17

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  • Missouri State’s top scorers in road conference games this year are Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) with 15.3 points per game and Ron Mvouika (Jr., G/F, Paris, France) with 12.2 ppg.
  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) has posted 12 straight double-figure scoring games, the longest run of his career and most by a Bear since Kyle Weems had 28 in a row in 2011-12. The Bears are 7-0 when he scores 18 or more.
  • The Bears are 8-0 this season when Christian Kirk (Jr., F, Springfield, Mo.) scores 8 points or more.
  • Jarmar Gulley (3g) and Christian Kirk (5g) are averaging 16.0 and 10.0 points per game, respectively, against Illinois State in their careers. Nathan Scheer and Keith Pickens will both be playing ISU for the eighth time.
  • Nathan Scheer (Sr., G/F, Washington, Mo.) has 98 career 3-pointers and is trying to become the 11th MSU player to reach 100. His 125 games played also ranks him 7th on MSU’s career list and 3rd among active MVC players.
  • Austin Ruder (G, Nixa, Mo.) is the 16th freshman in MSU history to accumulate 200 or more points in his rookie campaign. He is two 3-pointers shy of 60, a feat achieved by just 7 freshmen in MVC history.
  • Keith Pickens (Sr., G/F, St. Louis, Mo.) is averaging 6.5 points per game this season, a career-best for season scoring average. He is averaging 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 7 career games against the Redbirds.
  • Jarmar Gulley has led the Bears in scoring 6 times and in rebounding 6 times over the last 10 games.
  • Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) has 91 assists and could become the fourth MSU player in the last 6 seasons to secure 100 or more: M. Bizoukas (174 in 2011-12), N. Ricks (138 in 2010-11) and J. Mallett (102 in 2010-11).
  • MSU’s last win at Redbird Arena came with a 68-59 decision (2/12/11) behind 21 points from Kyle Weems.


    The Bears and Redbirds will meet for the 63rd time when they tip it up at Redbird Arena on Feb. 18. The series dates back to 1967 when the clubs met in the NCAA Division II semifinals. The clubs have met 51 times as Valley foes.
 Illinois State owns a 35-27 series edge with wins in three of the last five against the Bears.
 Earlier this season in Springfield (Jan. 2), Jarmar Gulley scored 4 of his game-high 22 points in overtime, and the Bears overcame a 16-point deficit to score a 78-70 win. MSU also got 14 points from Marcus Marshall and 13 from Christian Kirk in the win, while ISU was led by Daishon Knight’s 15 points and 3 3-pointers.

COACH Paul Lusk

   Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 44-47 (.484) in his third season at MSU and 46-70 (.397) in his fourth season overall as a head coach.  He is 23-27 in MVC games (15-10 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 28-16 in all home games, 14-24 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He is 2-3 against Illinois State (0-2 in Normal).
 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 close out its regular-season home slate with a two-game home stand, starting with a Noon tipoff this Saturday against Indiana State on ESPNU in a Maroon Mayhem promotion.  The Bears will close out the home slate on Tuesday, Feb. 25 against Loyola at 7:05 p.m. on Senior Night.

LAST GAME (Feb. 15)

   Northern Iowa’s Seth Tuttle finished with a game-high 21 points and 9 rebounds, but no rebound was as big as his last one as the Panthers’ 6-foot-8 center scored on a tip-in with one second remaining to lift his club past Missouri State, 60-58, here Saturday in a Missouri Valley Conference thriller.
   Tuttle was the only player to score in double figures for UNI (13-13, 7-7 MVC), which won at JQH Arena for the fifth time in six years.
   Missouri State (17-9, 7-7) was led by freshman Austin Ruder who scored 15 points behind a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc. Jarmar Gulley added 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Bears, while Dorrian Williams also knocked down  3 3-pointers to finish with 11 points.
   With the loss, the Bears moved to 12-2 at home this season and lost in regulation at home for the first time in nearly a year -- A 69-63 UNI decision on Feb. 19, 2013.  It also moved MSU into a three-way tie for third place in the league with UNI and Tuesday’s opponent Illinois State.
   After trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, Missouri State used a 7-0 burst early in the second period to climb within 33-28 with just over 17 minutes to go.  UNI scored on its next two possessions to extend its advantage to nine points before the Bears closed the gap to one with 12:47 remaining.
   A Jarmar Gulley bucket followed a dunk by Keith Pickens and 3-pointers by Ruder and Williams to make it a 39-38 game at the time.  
   The Panthers responded with a pair of 3-point baskets by Wes Washpun and Nate Buss near the 10-minute mark to make it 45-38, but Ruder rose up with a trey of his own and a pair of free throws to get the Bears within two at the nine-minute mark.
   Paul Lusk’s troops got within 48-47 on another Gulley put-back off a Pickens’ miss at the 6:34 mark, but again the visitors answered the bell with a 5-0 outburst over the next two minutes. UNI would build its advantage to as many as seven points with just over two minutes to go before the Bears’ rallied.
   A pair of free throws by Ruder, a 3-pointer by Williams and a bucket by Ron Mvouika got MSU within 58-56 with 59 ticks showing, and Gulley tied the game for the first time since the opening minute with a pair of free throws with 37 seconds to go.
   Out of timeouts, UNI ran the shot clock down to the end when Washpun’s missed a short jumper, but Tuttle was there for the game-winning tip-in that give the Panthers a 60-58 advantage. Missouri State got a good luck at the basket on the final play of the game as Nathan Scheer threw a 94-foot strike to the rim where Pickens got a hand on a tip-in. Bodies flew every direction, but no foul or basket interference was called, and the Panthers escaped with the win.
   Missouri State outscored UNI 37-29 in the second half and fired at a 52-percent clip from the field in the second half. Still, a dismal 35-percent shooting effort in the first period made the large deficit a heavy chore for the home club which finished 21-for-49 (.429) overall and 7-of-18 (.389) from long range. The Bears were an efficient 9-of-13 (.692) at the line, including an impressive 8-for-9 in the second half.
   UNI was 22-for-47 (.468) from the field, 4-of-15 (.267) from downtown and 12-for-20 (.600) at the line while out-rebounding the Bears by a 32-28 margin. The Panthers’ 11 offensive rebounds led to 17 second-chance points, while UNI outscored the home team in the paint, 34-26.
   Missouri State struggled from the field early on, going 3-for-12 from the field to start the game but stayed within six points of the lead until the seven-minute mark.
   At that point, UNI went on a 10-2 run over a four-minute stretch to lead by as many as 14. The Bears ended the first period on a 4-0 run and cut their deficit to 31-21 at the break with UNI going 7-for-10 at the line in the opening stanza.



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