MSU Continues Home Stand Wednesday vs. Grambling
Nov. 18, 2013
Missouri State Game Notes
Grambling State Game Notes
Missouri State Bears (2-0) vs. Grambling State (0-2)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: Missouri State leads 1-0 (0-0 in Springfield)
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
Live Stats: GameTracker (mobile friendly)
Live Video: Bears All-Access
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com
Tickets: Game 3 Tickets | MSU Students Free with BearPass ID
THE TEN COUNT
- For the second time in three seasons under Coach Paul Lusk, Missouri State is off to a 2-0 start. The Bears started 4-0 under Lusk in his debut season (2011-12).
- Marcus Marshall (So., G, St. Paul, Minn.) has scored in double figures in five straight games dating to last season, averaging 16.8 points per game in that stretch.
- In the only previous meeting between the clubs, Kelby Stuckey scored 21 points, and Clay Holt knocked down 5 3-pointers as the Bears scored a 77-60 win over GSU in Tulsa (12/28/87). The Bears finished 23-for-25 at the line.
- Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) is coming off a career-high 20-point performance against Tulsa, He finished 5-of-9 from the field and helped lead a 53-point outburst from the MSU bench in the win.
- As of Monday, the Bears lead the Valley in scoring (87.5), 3-point FG pct (.516) and rebounding (45.0).
- MSU’s 10.5 turnovers per game is second only to Wichita State (10.0) in the MVC rankings. Only four Division I teams have committed fewer turnovers per game than MSU over the past three seasons.
- Last season, Missouri State out-rebounded just 10 opponents and had a -4.5 rebounding margin. This year, MSU has a +6.5 rebounding edge through two games and has won the battle of the boards in both contests.
- Tyler McCullough (Fr., C, Fayetteville, Ark.) has blocked 5 total shots in his first two college games.
- Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) is 11-for-22 (.500) from the field to start the season and leads MSU in scoring.
- Including the two exhibition games, MSU is averaging 48.3 points per game from its reserves this season..
The Bears and Tigers have met just once, a third-place game on a neutral floor in the First Tulsa Classic, on Dec. 28, 1987.
In that game, MSU opened the second half with a 9-0 run and shot 92 percent (23-of-25) from the free throw line to escape with a 77-60 victory. Kelby Stuckey led the MSU attack with 21 points, while Clay Holt knocked down five 3-pointers to score 19 points, and Stan Worthy posted 15 points and 7 rebounds. Terrell Wesley led all Grambling players with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Joel Berry added 14 points and 4 assists.
COACH Paul Lusk
Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 29-38 (.433) in his third season at MSU and 31-61 (.337) 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 13-17 in non-conference play (7-6 at JQH Arena, 5-6 away and 1-5 at neutral sites). He is also 17-14 in all home games, 11-18 on the road, and 1-6 at neutral sites. He has never coached against Grambling.
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 got a career-high 20 points from Dorrian Williams and overcame a double-figure deficit in the second half to turn back visiting Tulsa, 96-93.
Jarmar Gulley added 15 points for the Bears, who improved to 2-0, while Keith Pickens added 13, and Marcus Marshall scored 12 in the victory. Shaquille Harrison led Tulsa (0-2) with 21 points.
Despite nine ties and nine lead changes, MSU played from behind most of the night. Tulsa took a 21-19 lead on a jumper by Smith at the 9:13 mark of the first half and never trailed again until a rip to the basket by Gulley with just under six-and-a-half minutes to play in the game. Gulley’s bucket put the home club on top 74-72, at the time.
The Golden Hurricane reeled off the next four points over the next 20 seconds, including a layup by Harrison and dunk by James Woodard to retake the lead. But a traditional 3-point play by Williams game the home club a 77-76 lead on the Bears’ next possession, and MSU never trailed again, pushing ahead by as many as six points when Marshall dropped in a trey at the top of the key with 1:56 on the clock that made it a 91-85 game.
Still, the Bears earned the win at the foul line where they scored five points in the final 34.7 seconds to hold off Danny Manning’s surging Golden Hurricane down the stretch. It was Gulley who stood out in crunch time, snagging two key defensive rebounds and knocking down two charity shots in the final 12 seconds. Gulley’s final free throw put the Bears ahead 96-93 with 2.1 seconds remaining. Tulsa’s desperation shot from just inside mid court was off line to secure the comeback for Missouri State.
Earlier in the half, TU held off a surge by the Bears to take their biggest lead of the night. Emmanuel Addo’s hook shot started the second-half scoring for MSU and cut into the home team’s 43-39 halftime deficit. But Tulsa then reeled off the game’s next eight points over a 90-second stretch to push ahead 51-41.
The Bears held strong over the next 10 minutes and eventually pulled even, 70-70, on a pair of free throws by Pickens with just over seven-and-a-half on the clock. Just over a minute later, Gulley brought the crowd to it’s feet with the go-ahead layup to start the game-winning rally.
Missouri State finished 9-for-15 from 3-point range as Marshall and Nathan Scheer dropped in key 3-pointers in the final 2:27.