Saturday Battle With Wichita Features Maroon Out, Fan Events



SPRINGFIELD -- Senior weekend at Missouri State is taking on a personality of its own with several student and fan events surrounding the Bears' game against Wichita State on Saturday as well as the two Lady Bears' games on Friday and Sunday.

A student pep rally will take place Friday at Plaster Student Union from Noon to 1 p.m., featuring cover band Audio Airway, head coaches Cuonzo Martin and Nyla Milleson, select players, cheerleaders, Sugar Bears and prize give-aways. As always, students, faculty and fans are encouraged to wear their Missouri State team apparel on BearWear Friday to show support for their teams and the university.

On Friday night, the Lady Bears take on Drake on Fan Appreciation Night at JQH Arena, starting at 7:05 p.m. Free admission vouchers are available at a number of Springfield-area retailers, as well as the JQH Arena Box Office.

Saturday's regular-season finale at JQH Arena against fellow MVC front runner Wichita State is the biggest men's basketball game in recent memory at Missouri State. The day will begin with a fan fest outside JQH Arena at 9:45 a.m. with Audio Airway and a number of MSU's all-time greats on hand to get tailgaters and fans fired up before the gates open at 10:30 a.m.  The Senior Day match-up with the Shockers tips at 12:02 p.m. on ESPN2. 

There will be a number of gate give-aways for Saturday's game, including 4,500 Glow Sticks, courtesy of Penmac and game sponsor KTXR; Senior Day picture cards for the first 5,000 fans, courtesy of Hiland Dairy and Subway; and State Farm/MVC scroll banners for the first 500 students. Maroon t-shirts will also be available for the first 300 Maroon Madness members, random students and available for purchase at the JQH Arena BearWear Team Store.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday's game and bring an unprecedented spirit and atmosphere to JQH Arena.

Finally, on Sunday, the Lady Bears will celebrate their Senior Day with a Noon tipoff against Creighton on FS Midwest in their annual WBCA Pink Zone game. National country recording artist Candy Coburn will sing the National Anthem and perform at halftime, while the first 900 fans receive a Pink Zone t-shirt, courtesy of Verizon Wireless. Money collected at the game will support cancer research through the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

Tickets for all three games are available by calling (417) 836-7678, at the JQH Arena Box Office, or on-line at Ticket specials and discounts are not available through the on-line service.

A summary of the weekend's activities is as follows:



  • 10 a.m. - JQH Arena Box Office Opens
  • 12-1 p.m. - Student Pep Rally, outside Plaster Student Union
  •   Join the MSU Cheerleaders, Sugar Bears, basketball head coaches Cuonzo Martin and Nyla Milleson to get you pumped for a great weekend of basketball at MSU!!! Plenty of give-aways and fun activities planned. Listen to Audio Airway play your favorite hits and make this BearWear Friday a true spirit day!
  • 7:05 p.m. - Lady Bears vs. Drake - Fan Appreciation Night

SATURDAY (Maroon Out)

  • Wake up and get your Maroon on for game time!
  • 9:45 a.m. - Audio Airway sets the tone for game with a block party fan fest at JQH Arena. Special guests will take part and get you pumped for game time!
  • 10:00 a.m. - Gates open for PRIME Overtime Club Members
  • 10:00 a.m. - JQH Arena Box Office Opens
  • 10:30 a.m. - Gates open for all ticket holders
  • Pregame - Recognition of MSU Seniors Will Creekmore, Adam Leonard, Jermaine Mallett and Nafis Ricks.
  • 12:02 p.m. - Tipoff - Bears vs. Wichita State for the MVC Regular-Season Title LIVE on ESPN2
  • Halftime salute to elected officials
  • Give-Aways - First 1,200 MSU Students and first 3,300 fans receive a Glow Stick for lights out ... Missouri State scroll banners for first 500 students, and 5,000 senior portrait cards


SUNDAY (Pink Zone)

  • 12:05 p.m. - Lady Bears vs. Creighton in annual WBCA Pink Zone game!
  • National performing artist Candy Coburn will perform the national anthem prior to the contest, as well as her single “Pink Warrior” at halftime.
  • Pregame recognition of MSU Seniors Jacque Griggs and Kendra Roberts
  • Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO) will distribute a variety of information relating to breast cancer awareness. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations
  • Free Pink Zone t-shirts for first 900 fans, courtesy of Verizon Wireless.



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