Bears Prepare for Key Road Test at ORU
So., G - Dorrian Williams
So., G - Dorrian Williams

Dec. 10, 2013

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Missouri State Bears (7-1) at Oral Roberts (5-4)

Date: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Kickoff: 7:07 p.m. (Central)
Location: Mabee Center (10,575), Tulsa, Okla.
Series: ORU leads 5-4 (3-2 in Tulsa)
TV: Ozarks CW (Ned Reynolds, Kelby Stuckey)  |  MSU TV Network also includes Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (KC), Charter Communications (St. Louis), KZOU 32 (Columbia) and WRBU My46 (St. Louis)  |  ESPN3
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
Live Stats: ORU Live Stats
Live Video: ORU ELive Channel
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Tickets: Mabee Center Box Office | MSU Mini Ticket Plans


  • Over the last six games, Missouri State has forced 90 turnovers (15.0 per game), including 46 by steal.
  • According to STATS, Inc., the Bears boast one of the deepest benches in the country, sharing the national lead with 12 players averaging 10.0 minutes per game or more (with Jacksonville, Mercer, UMBC and Alcorn State).
  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beamont, Texas) shares the MVC lead in steals (2.5) and ranks 7th in the league in rebounding (5.9), 13th in scoring (13.5) and 6th in offensive rebounds (2.0). He also ranks 27th nationally this week in steals.
  • Through eight games, six different MSU players have led the team in scoring, including four in the last three games, while 10 different players have scored in double figures.
  • Since Marcus Marshall’s knee injury early in the Hampton game (11/24), Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) has a 17-to-4 assist-to-turnover ratio, including four starts at point guard.
  • In this week’s team rankings, MSU is 49th overall and 3rd in the MVC behind 13 Wichita State and 46 Drake.
  • ORU leads the all-time series, 5-4 (3-2 at the Mabee Center). MSU’s last win in Tulsa came on 12/7/05.
  • Emmanuel Addo (Sr., F, Toronto, Canada) ranks 2nd in the Missouri Valley in free-throw accuracy (.909), which also ranks him 25th nationally among all Division I players.
  • ORU’s Drew Wilson (So., Tulsa, Okla.) transfered from Missouri State where he started 18 games last season for the Bears. He posted a double-double against Cameron (12/3/13) with 10 points and 10 boards in his first start for ORU.
  • Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) has hit multiple 3’s in 5 games. He ranks 2nd in the MVC at 2.13 treys per game.


   ORU leads the all-time series, 5-4, in a rivalry that dates back to 1981. Missouri State is 2-3 in Tulsa, having split the last two games at the Mabee Center, including an 88-76 win there on 12/7/05.
 The Golden Eagles have won two in a row in the series, including last year’s 72-52 win at JQH Arena -- the Bears’ worst loss ever at JQH Arena at the time. In that game, Warren Niles (21) and Shawn Glover (14) led ORU in scoring as the visitors jumped out to a 40-15 halftime lead and never looked back. MSU got 18 points from Anthony Downing and 10 points and 8 rebounds from Christian Kirk to help overcome a slow start and 2-for-26 team effort from 3-point range.

COACH Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 34-39 (.466) in his third season at MSU and 36-62 (.367) 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 18-19 in all non-conference games (11-6 at JQH Arena, 5-6 away and 2-7 at neutral sites).  He is also 21-14 in all home games, 11-18 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He is 0-2 against Oral Roberts (0-1 in Tulsa).
 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 (855).


  The Bears got 18 points off the bench from Ron Mvouika and committed just six turnovers to dispatch visiting Cameron University, 81-57.
 MSU, which never trailed, was also helped on the offensive end by freshman standouts Tyler McCullough and Austin Ruder who pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jarmar Gulley also added 9 points and a game-high 9 rebounds in the victory.
 Cameron was paced by Division II preseason player of the year Craig Foster who tallied 10 points and 5 assists, while Sean McGary added 10 points in a reserve role for the Aggies.
 The Bears, who secured their 600th victory as a Division I program, extended their JQH Arena win streak to six games with a solid defensive effort that saw the home club snag eight steals and force 14 CU turnovers. After going into the half with a 16-point advantage, the Bears used pressure defense and timely rebounding to run their advantage to 50-29 less than five minutes into the second stanza.
 A 10-2 Bears run early in the second half included four points apiece by McCullough and Emmanuel Addo. Later in the half, Nathan Scheer capped a 6-0 run by the home squad with a layup in traffic after Christian Kirk and Gavin Thurman started the stretch with scores that pushed MSU ahead by its largest margin of the night, 66-41 with 8:08 remaining.
 Mvouika scored 11 of his points in the final seven-and-a-half minutes, while Michael Simpson contributed a steal and layup in crunch time to put the game away.  Mvouika finished 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and 6-of-10 from the field.
 Ruder was the only other MSU player to score multiple 3-pointers as he finished 2-for-5 from downtown with a career-high 3 steals and a pair of assists.
 For the night, Missouri State was 28-for-62 (.452) from the field, but just 7-of-24 (.292) from bonus distance. The Bears had another good night at the foul line, knocking down 18-of-23 (.783) attempts.
 Despite being out-rebounded by a 37-34 margin, the Bears surrendered just one second-chance point on the night and used 38 bench points and 38 points in the paint to keep the Aggies at arm’s length most of the night. 



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