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Missouri State Bears (17-10, 7-8 MVC) vs. Indiana State (21-6, 12-3 MVC)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Tipoff: 12:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: MSU leads 38-23 (25-5 in Springfield, 3-2 at JQH Arena)
TV: ESPNU (Mitch Holthus, Mark Adams)  |  WatchESPN
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
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Wichita State 15-0 28-0
Indiana State 12-3 21-6
Illinois State 8-7 15-12
Missouri State 7-8 17-10
Northern Iowa 7-8 13-14
Southern Illinois 7-8 11-17
6-9 11-17
Drake 5-10 14-13
Evansville 4-11 11-17
Loyola Chicago 4-11 9-18


  • This is MSU’s 100th game at JQH Arena. In six seasons at The Q, the Bears are 72-27 (.727), including a 12-2 mark this year. Twenty of MSU’s 27 home losses at JQH have been by less than 10 points with 15 of them by 6 points or less.
  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) has posted 13 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. He needs 11 points to become just the fourth player to score 400 career points at JQH Arena (Weems 982, Creekmore 493, Leonard 457 and Mallett 416).
  • With 194 treys on the season, this year’s squad is looking to become just the sixth Bears team to hit 200 in a season.
  • Nathan Scheer (Sr., G/F, Washington, Mo.) has 99 career 3-pointers and is trying to become the 11th player in MSU history to reach 100. His 126 games played ties him for 6th on MSU’s career list and 3rd among active MVC players.
  • Austin Ruder (G, Nixa, Mo.) has 61 3-pointers on the season, making him just the 8th freshmen in MVC history to score 60 more in a season. He is tied with Blake Ahearn (2003-04) for the MSU freshman 3-point record.
  • MSU has outshot its last four opponents from the free throw line, firing at a .738 clip at the line in that span (opp .626).
  • Ruder is poised to move into Missouri State’s freshman scoring top 10 this week. He needs just 5 points to catch Scott Hawk (1974-75) for the No. 10 spot on the list with 239 points.
  • Gulley ranks 16th in career scoring among MSU’s two-year players (741). Another double-figure scoring outing would push him past Art Helms (1952-54, 750 points) and Greg Bell (1985-87, 752). He needs 72 points to crack the top 10.
  • The Bears have lost four conference games this season by five points or less -- including both home losses.
  • After a season-high 21 turnovers at Illinois State on Tuesday, MSU moved from 2nd to 6th in the league in TO margin.


  The series between the Bears and Sycamores dates back to the 1951-52 season with Missouri State holding a 38-23 lead all-time, including a 25-5 lead in Springfield (3-2 at JQH).
 Last year, the Sycamores defeated the Bears in Hulman Center (1/16/13), 68-60, before MSU avenged the loss at JQH Arena (2/12/13) as it opened the second half on a 12-4 run to pace 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.
 On Jan. 15 in Terre Haute, the Sycamores snagged 9 steals and raced out to a 12-point lead at the intermission to cruise to a 70-55 win. Jarmar Gulley scored a game-high 16 for the Bears, while Gavin Thurman and Devon Thomas added 9 apiece for MSU.

COACH Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 44-48 (.484) in his third season at MSU and 46-71 (.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 Indiana State (2-0 at home).
 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).


  The Bears will start the final week of the regular season at home Tuesday night (7:05 p.m.) against Loyola on Senior Night before traveling to No. 3-ranked Wichita State on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on ESPN or ESPN2.

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