Bears Hanging Tough in Third-Place Game in Puerto Vallarta

Nov. 25, 2012

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A 10-0 run by Southern Methodist late in the first half has the Mustangs leading Missouri State by a 26-24 margin in the third-place game of the Hoops for Hope Classic here.

Marcus Marshall with 10 points, and Anthony Downing with 7 points and 5 rebounds have led Missouri State's efforts.

The Bears scored the game's first nine points in three-and-a-half minutes as Downing scored five quickly, and Christian Kirk posted the club's first two field goals. After a brief SMU run, Nathan Scheer dropped in a trey at the 15:26 mark to make it a 12-4 game.

SMU then reeled of seven straight to pull within one before a Marshall trey pushed the maroon-clad squad ahead 15-11 with 8:06 to go. Marshall scored four more unanswered as part of a 7-0 Bears' run that pushed MSU on top 19-11 with seven minutes left in the opening stanza.

But aside from a baseline jumper by Downing and a three by Marshall at the horn, the rest of the half belonged to the Mustangs who got to the line five times the rest of the way and ended the period on a 15-5 swing.

SMU is 9-for-16 (.563) at the free throw line, compared to just 4-of-4 (1.000) by the Bears. Missouri State is 8-for-24 (.333) from the field and 4-of-11 (.364) from bonus distance. The Bears have committed nine turnovers and been out-rebounded 15-14.

SMU has 13 points from Nick Russell and is 8-for-18 (.444) from the field as a team with just 1-for-4 (.250) production from long range.



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