Bears Get Another Shot at Top-Seeded Shockers
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Jr., G/F, Ron Mvouika

March 7, 2014

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#4 Missouri State Bears (20-11, 9-9) at #1 Wichita State (32-0, 18-0)

Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Tipoff: 1:35 p.m. (Central)
Location: Scottrade Center (20,948), St. Louis, Mo.
Series: WSU leads 34-30 (MSU leads 4-3 in St. Louis)
TV: FOX Sports Midwest (John Rooney, Mark Adams, Scott Warmann, Tom Ackerman) (see clearances below)  |  ESPN3
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
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Wichita State 18-0 32-0
Indiana State 12-6 22-9
Northern Iowa
10-8 16-15
Missouri State 9-9 20-11
Illinois State
9-9 16-15
Southern Illinois 9-9 14-18
Bradley 7-11 12-20
Drake 6-12 15-16
Evansville 6-12 14-19
Loyola 4-14 10-22

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  • Austin Ruder (G, Nixa, Mo.) has 71 3-pointers on the season, making him just the 4th freshmen in MVC history to score 70 more in a season. He has surpassed Blake Ahearn (61 in 2003-04) for the MSU freshman 3-point record.
  • With Friday’s win over Illinois State, Missouri State improved to 4-0 in the MVC Tourney quarterfinals as the 4 seed.
  • MSU is 8-6 in MVC Tournament semifinal games and 4-3 against the Shockers all-time at Arch Madness.
  • Three of MSU’s four seniors have already graduated, while the fourth -- two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selection Nathan Scheer (Sr., G/F, Washington, Mo.) -- is completing his degree this semester. 
  • The Bears are 2-7 against top-seeded teams at Arch Madness but have won two in a row -- 2004 & 2005 vs. SIU.
  • MSU is one of 88 DI teams with 20 or more wins. It is the third time in five years, the Bears have reached 20 wins.
  • The Bears posted 19 offensive rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Illinois State on Friday, the most by an MSU team under third-year head coach Paul Lusk and the second-most ever by the Bears at Arch Madness.
  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) moved into the top 48 on MSU’s career scoring list with 788 points. He also ranks 13th among the Bears’ two-year players in career scoring (63 games).
  • Missouri State’s three fresmen accounted for 30 points vs. Illinois State on Friday, outscoring all other classes combined as the Bears got 21 from Austin Ruder (G, Nixa, Mo.), 7 from Devon Thomas (G, Silver Spring, Md.) and 2 from Tyler McCullough (C, Fayetteville, Ark.).
  • Christian Kirk (Jr., F, Springfield, Mo.) is 12-for-17 (.706) from the field in his career at Arch Madness and is the MVC’s active leader in field goal accuracy at the league tournament.


    The series between the Bears and Shockers dates back to the 1941-42 season with Wichita winning the last seven in the rivalry to take a 34-30 overall lead. Missouri State is 4-3 in the MVC Tournament vs. WSU.
 WSU won all three meetings between the clubs last season, including a 79-50 verdict in Wichita (2/9/13) with Marcus Marshall scoring 19 to lead the Bears at Koch Arena.
 This year, the No. 6 Shockers rallied from a 19-point deficit to escape with a 72-69 overtime win on Jan 11 at JQH Arena in Springfield. Cleanthony Early scored 22, and Fred Van Vleet added 16 for WSU, while MSU got 17 points from Austin Ruder and 15 each from Jarmar Gulley and Marshall who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game.
 The clubs also met in the regular-season finale at Koch Arena with the No. 2 Shockers claiming a 68-45 win on ESPN. Early posted 19 points and snagged 7 rebounds for WSU, while Gulley notched 15 for the Bears in his 16th straight double-figure scoring effort. MSU shot just 31.4% from the field and 22% from 3pt. range.

COACH Paul Lusk

   Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 47-49 (.490) in his third season at MSU and 49-72 (.405) in his fourth season overall as a head coach.  He is 25-29 in MVC games (17-10 at home, 8-19 on the road), 2-2 in MVC Tournament games and 21-18 against all non-conference foes (13-6 at JQH Arena, 6-7 away and 1-5 at neutral sites).  He is also 30-16 in all home games, 14-26 on the road, and 3-7 at neutral sites. He is 0-7 against Wichita State (0-1 at Scottrade Center) and 1-11 vs. ranked opponents.  
 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 season scoring total for a freshman class in MSU history (855).


     With 17 double-figure scoring efforts in 18 Valley games, Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) was named to the All-MVC second team on March 4.  Gulley ranks in the top 10 in The Valley in scoring (14.9), rebounding (6.4) and steals (1.63) and accumulated 16.3 points and 7.1 boards in league games.

 Bears' sharp shooter Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team, the league announced on March 4.  Ruder tallied 65 3-pointers in the regular season, making him just the 8th freshman in league history to score 60 or more shots from beyond the arc. His 8.6 scoring average ranks third among all league freshmen, while his 3-point total is also a Missouri State freshman records.

  Senior Nathan Scheer (G/F, Washington, Mo.) was named to the 12-member Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced Thursday (March 6). Scheer, a Construction Management major with a 3.75 grade-point average, was named to the first team for the second year in a row.  He was also a second-team selection in 2012 making him just the fourth MSU player to earn the honor three times.  Dale Ribble (1991-93), Ben Kandlbinder (1996-98) and Will Creekmore (2009-11) also earned the distinction three times.


FOX Sports Midwest -- Live at 1:30 p.m. Central, except in metro St. Louis (FOX Sports Midwest Plus will air the game live)
FOX Sports Indiana -- Live at 1:30 p.m. Central.
FOX Sports Kansas City -- Live at 1:30 p.m. Central.
FOX College Sports (Pacific) - Joined in progress at 2 p.m. Central.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago -- Live at 1:30 p.m. Central.
ESPN3 - Live at 1:30 p.m. Central outside the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
DirecTV - Live at 1:30 p.m. Central on channel 671 (FOX Sports Midwest).
Dish Network - Live at 1:30 p.m. Central on channel 418 (FOX Sports Midwest).
AT&T U-Verse - Live at 1:30 p.m. Central on channels 748 and 1748 (FOX Sports Midwest).



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