Bears Begin Two-Game Oklahoma Road Swing Wednesday at Tulsa
Forward - Gavin Thurman
Forward - Gavin Thurman

Dec. 3, 2012

Missouri State Bears (2-5) at Tulsa (4-3)

Dec. 5, 2012, Reynolds Center (8,355), Tulsa, Okla., 7:05 p.m.

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The Last Meeting
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November 26, 2011
Springfield, Mo.
Bears Turn Back Tulsa in Overtime, 69-64
Kyle Weems had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Missouri State as the Bears improved to 4-0 Saturday with a 69-64 overtime win over visiting Tulsa.

The Ten Count

  • The  Bears rank 18th in the nation in turnover margin (+5.1), forcing 16.4 per game while committing just 11.3.
  • MSU boasts two players from the state of Oklahoma in redshirt freshmen Drew Williams (F, Tulsa) and Dorrian Williams (G, Oklahoma City).
  • Missouri State is 2-0 when shooting a higher FG% than its opponents and 0-3 when recording 20 FG or fewer.
  • MSU has committed fewer turnovers than all 7 of its 2012-13 foes. In the club's 27 games since Dec. 28, 2011, the Bears have only committed more mishaps than their opponents three times.
  • Christian Kirk (So., Springfield, Mo.) has started 20 of the Bears' last 24 games and has scored in double figures in five of the club's last seven outings. He played just 6 minutes in last year's game against the Golden Hurricane. 
  • Anthony Downing (Sr., Atchison, Kan.) has scored in double figures all 7 games this season and 13 straight games dating back to last season. He needs just 19 points to reach 500 for his MSU career.
  • Downing's 3-pointer with 4 seconds left in regulation forced OT in last year's 69-64 MSU win over TU in Springfield.
  • Nathan Scheer (Jr., Washington, Mo.) is two 3-pointers shy of 50 for his Missouri State playing career. 
  • The Bears are in the middle of a three-game stretch against all Oklahoma schools -- ORU, Tulsa and Oklahoma St.
  • TU head coach Danny Manning scored 42 points against the Bears in the 1987 NCAA Tournament second round.).

Head Coach Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 18-21 (.462) in his second season at MSU and 20-44 (.313) in his third season overall as a head coach.  He is 9-10 in non-conference play (6-5 at JQH Arena), 10-9 in home games, 8-6 on the road, and 0-5 at neutral sites. He is 1-0 against Tulsa (0-0 away, 1-0 at home).
  The 41-year-old Lusk took the reigns as MSU's 17th head coach on April 1, 2011. He came to Springfield after seven seasons at Purdue (2004-11), including the last three as associate head coach there.  Now in his 15th 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.
   He returns five lettermen and six squad members from a 16-16 club that tied for third place in the Missouri Valley standings a year ago. His Bears were picked sixth in last year's preseason MVC poll, but finished three spots higher, earning him MVC Coach of the Year

The Series

Missouri State leads the all-time series, 20-17, including wins in two of the last three meetings. The Bears are 6-11 all-time in Tulsa and have not won a game there since a 66-61 victory on Jan. 31, 1996 when the clubs were Missouri Valley Conference foes. MSU has lost four straight road games in the series since then.

 Last year in Springfield, Anthony Downing's 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation forced overtime and set the stage for a a 69-64 MSU win at JQH Arena (att. 7,163). Downing had another trey in overtime along with the decisive driving layup to seal the win. He finished with 9 points off the bench, while Caleb Patterson (19), Kyle Weems (17 points, 12 boards) and Jarmar Gulley (16) led the way for the Bears. Tulsa was led by Jordan Clarkson (23), Scottie Haralson (15) and Kodi Maduka (11 points, 13 rebounds). The win extended MSU's non-conference home winning streak to 22 games at the time

The Opponent

   First-year head coach Danny Manning (Kansas, 1991) returns one starter and four lettermen from a 17-14 club that was 10-6 in CUSA and tied for third in the league.

 Scottie Haralson (6-4, Sr., G, Jackson, Miss.) is the lone returning starter for the Golden Hurricane. He averages 10.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, but leads the club with 18 3-pointers. Freshman James Woodward (G, Edmond, Okla.) leads the team with 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with 11 3-pointers, 16 assists and an impressive 53.2-percent shooting percentage. Sophomore Rashad Smith (6-7, F, Plano, Texas) averages 14.5 points and 4.8 rebounds and is shooting .621 from the field.

 Tulsa assistant Steve Woodberry departed the MSU program this spring after six seasons in Springfield. The former Jayhawk joined Manning's staff this spring along with fellow KU alum Brett Ballard. 

    Manning holds seven MSU opponent NCAA Tournament records, including most points (42), field goals (16) and minutes (40) against the Bears in the 1987 second round in Atlanta




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