Bears Hanging Tough, but Trailing at the Intermission Against Shockers

March 8, 2013

ST. LOUIS -- No. 2 seed Wichita State ended the first half on an 8-2 run to take a 29-24 lead over Missouri State into the locker room in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Marcus Marshall has become MSU's all-time freshman season scoring leader with 10 points in the first 20 minutes, while Gavin Thurman has added 6 off the bench. The Bears have been out-rebounded 23-11 with WSU snagging 9 offensive caroms.

The Bears controlled the first 13 minutes of the half, building a six-point lead twice, most recently at the 11:10 mark on a shot jumper by Thurman. WSU tied the game at the 6:48 mark on a jumper by Jake White and led by as many as three before the Bears tied it up twice more from there. Marshall's pair of free throws at the 2:49 mark gave the lead back to the No. 7 seeded Bears briefly, 23-21, before the Shockers' run to end the period.

WSU has 7 points from Carl Hall, including 3 at the free throw line.

The Bears are 7-for-23 (.304) from the field, 1-of-8 (.125) from three-point distance and 9-of-13 (.692) at the line.

The winner plays the Illinois State-Northern Iowa winner in Saturday's semifinals.



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