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Coors Player of the Week - Jarmar Gulley
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Nov. 14, 2013

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The Last Meeting
Missouri State42
December 5, 2012
Tulsa, Okla.
Bears Fall Short at Tulsa on Wednesday in 61-42 Setback
Missouri State (2-6) shot less than 30 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers here Wednesday in a 61-42 loss at Tulsa University, the club's fourth straight defeat

Missouri State Bears (1-0) vs. Tulsa (0-1)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: Missouri State leads 20-18 (12-6 in Springfield)
TV: KCZ, The Ozarks CW (Ned Reynolds, Kelby Stuckey
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
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Live Video: Bears All-Access
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  • The Bears are coming off their best single-game rebounding total under Paul Lusk after hauling in 52 caroms in last week’s season-opening win at Old Dominion. MSU out-rebounded the Monarchs by a +8 margin.
  • Marcus Marshall (So., G, St. Paul, Minn.) is averaging 18.0 points over the club’s last four games.
  • In 14 appearances at JQH Arena last season, Christian Kirk (Jr., F, Springfield, Mo.) averaged 9.9 points per game.
  • Missouri State and Tulsa have split the last four meetings with the home team winning each time. The Bears are 12-6 at home against the Golden Hurricane all-time, including a 2-0 mark at JQH Arena.
  • Tyler McCullough (Fr., C, Fayetteville, Ark.) had 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in the OT win at Old Dominion.
  • With the win at Old Dominion, Paul Lusk improved to 3-0 in season openers as the Bears’ head coach.
  • After missing the 2012-13 season with a knee injury, Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas), a three-time MVC Newcomer of the Week in 2011-12, shared team-high honors with 18 points and 9 rebounds at Old Dominion.
  • In his collegiate debut at ODU, Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 14 points.
  • Long-time MSU assistant Steve Woodberry (2006-12) makes his first return appearance at JQH Arena tonight after joining Danny Manning’s staff in 2012. Woodberry was a key recruiter for current Bears, Gulley, Thurman and Williams.
  • Missouri State is 51-17 (.750) over the last three seasons at JQH Arena and has reeled off 42 consecutive winning seasons at home, dating back to the 1971-72 season.


  Missouri State leads the all-time series against Tulsa, 20-18. The Bears and Golden Hurricane have met in Springfield 18 times with MSU holding a 12-6 series lead at home, including a 2-0 mark at JQH Arena.  The home team has won the last five meetings between the teams who have split the last four matchups.
 Last year at Reynolds Center in Tulsa, MSU shot 29.4 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers in a 61-42 defeat. Tulsa native Drew Wilson led the Bears with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Marcus Marshall scored 9 points, and Dorrian Williams added 8.  Tulsa was led by Rashad Ray and Pat Swilling with 11 points, while Shaquille Harrison scored 10.

COACH Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 28-38 (.424) in his third season at MSU and 30-61 (.330) in his fourth season overall as a head coach.  He is 16-20 in MVC games (10-7 at home, 6-13 on the road), 1-2 in MVC Tournament games and 12-17 in non-conference play (6-6 at JQH Arena, 5-6 away and 1-5 at neutral sites).  He is also 16-14 in all home games, 11-18 on the road, and 1-6 at neutral sites. He is 1-1 against Tulsa (1-0 at JQH Arena).
 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.


   Missouri State outscored Old Dominion 16-4 in overtime to help the Bears push past the Monarchs, 79-67, in the season opener.
   Jarmar Gulley and Marcus Marshall scored 18 points apiece for MSU, which improved to 8-1 all-time in BracketBusters return games. ODU was led by Aaron Bacote with a career-high 28 points, including four 3-pointers.
   Paul Lusk’s club had to rally to get to the extra period as Bacote took over late in the second half to push ODU up by as many as eight points. He tallied 9 points in a five-minute stretch. His 3-pointer with 3:55 left in regulation snapped a 7-0 run by Missouri State and pushed ODU ahead 61-57.
   Freshman Tyler McCullough helped start the late MSU rally at the 3:08 mark with a put-back that got MSU within two. After a pair of free throws by ODU’s Dimitri Batten, Gulley scored on a spin move to the bucket with 1:40 remaining.  Keith Pickens gathered in a key defensive rebound on the Monarchs’ next possession and pushed the ball ahead to Marshall who was fouled and ultimately tied the game, 63-63, with the ensuing free throws with 1:01 to go.
   Old Dominion called timeout on its next possession and got the ball to Batten whose miss was gathered in by McCullough. The Bears called timeout to set up the final shot of regulation, which Marshall missed from the top of the key to force extra time.
   In overtime, it was all MSU. McCullough controlled the opening tip, and the Bears immediately went to Gulley for a short bank shot. ODU missed a pair of free throws on its first overtime trip down the floor, and the Bears wasted no time finding freshman Austin Ruder for a right-wing 3-pointer - his fourth of the night to put the Bears up 68-63.
   Old Dominion converted a free throw, but Gulley answered with a dribble drive to the bucket with 3:25 on the clock. With just under two minutes left in overtime, Marshall scored on a floater to give the Bears a 74-64 advantage, and MSU made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to secure their third season-opening win in three seasons under Lusk.
 The 52 caroms by Missouri State marked the most ever under Lusk. Ruder finished with 14 points, while Gulley, McCullough and Pickens led the club with 9 rebounds apiece. MSU tallied 14 second-chance points and got 20 points from its bench.



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