Bears Renew Longest Rivalry Sunday vs. SEMO
Missouri State will wrap its 2013-14 non-conference slate with 143rd meeting against Redhawks
Dec. 26, 2013
Missouri State Game Notes
SEMO Game Notes
Missouri State Bears (9-2) vs. Southeast Missouri St. (8-4)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013
Kickoff: 2:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: MSU leads 88-54 (60-12 in Springfield)
Radio: MSU Bears Radio Network, flagship KTXR (101.3 FM) (Art Hains, Mike Keltner)
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Live Video: Bears All-Access
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com
Tickets: Game 12 Tickets | MSU Students Free with BearPass ID | MVC 6-Pack Ticket Plans
NOTE: The MSU Athletics Box Office will be open Dec. 26-30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during the holiday break.
THE TEN COUNT
- The Bears have played the Redhawks 142 times -- their most meetings with any other school. Missouri S&T (139), Northwest Missouri (137), Central Missouri (133) and Truman State (127) round out MSU’s top five longest rivalries.
- MSU has outshot its opponents in free throw percentage the last 7 games, making 116-of-155 (.748) in that span.
- A win over SEMO would give MSU 10 wins before the end of the calendar year, something it has done just 7 times: 1947-48 (11-0), 1948-49 (10-0), 1950-51 (11-0), 1957-58 (10-0), 1996-97 (10-0), 2006-07 (10-3) and 2009-10 (11-1).
- Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) has 24 treys on the season and is on pace to join Blake Ahearn (61 in 2003-04) and Ben Kandlbinder (53 in 1994-95) as the only Bears’ freshmen to hit 50 3-pointers in a single season.
- With 15 blocks already to his credit, Tyler McCullough (Fr., C, Fayetteville, Ark.) is on pace to break the MSU freshman blocked shots record of 26, set by Darryl Pace (1980-81). Kyle Weems’ 24 blocks in 2008-09 currently ranks second.
- Keith Pickens (Sr., G/F, St. Louis, Mo.) has blocked a shot in all 6 games he has played this season and 7 games in a row, dating back to last season.
- With its win over Alabama A&M, Missouri State is coming off its second wire-to-wire victory of the season (Cameron).
- Ron Mvouika (Jr., G/F, Paris, France) ranks high on the club’s scoring, rebounding and assist lists per 40-minutes with 19.4 points (3rd), 8.7 rebounds (3rd) and 4.5 assists (2nd) when his statistics are projected over an entire game.
- The Bears have won 7 straight games at JQH Arena and are now 66-25 (.725) in their sixth season at “The Q.”
- With his career-high 15-rebound performance against Alabama A&M, Keith Pickens eclipsed 200 rebounds at JQH Arena, something achieved previously by Kyle Weems (433); Will Creekmore (264) and Jermaine Mallett (233).
MSU renews its longest standing rivalry when it meets Southeast Missouri State for the 143rd time in a series that dates back to 1911.
The Bears own an 88-54 advantage in the rivalry, including a 60-12 lead in Springfield. However, this will be just the fifth meeting between the squads as Division I programs (MSU moved up in 1982, SEMO in 1991) and the first-ever meeting at JQH Arena.
The most-recent meeting between the Bears and Redhawks took place on 12/21/02 at the Show-Me Center with the home club taking a 70-53 decision in front of 4,892 fans. Southeast got 17 points from Derek Winans and 15 points and 12 boards from Brandon Griffin while forcing 18 turnovers. The Bears were led by Monwell Randle with 14 points, while current SIU assistant Terrance McGee scored 10 and dished out 7 assists for the visitors.
COACH Paul Lusk
Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 36-40 (.474) in his third season at MSU and 38-63 (.376) 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 20-20 in all non-conference games (12-6 at JQH Arena, 6-7 away and 2-7 at neutral sites). He is also 22-14 in all home games, 12-19 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He has never coached against Southeast Missouri State (0-0 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 (855).
MSU opens Missouri Valley Conference play at home on Thursday, Jan. 2 against Illinois State at 7:05 p.m. The Bears and Redbirds split two meetings last season, including an 86-50 ISU win in Normal in the most-recent matchup (2/27/13).
The Bears then take to the road for a pair of Valley games at league newcomer Loyola (Sun., Jan. 5) and Bradley (Wed., Jan. 8).
MMSU got 18 points from Marcus Marshall and a career-high 15 rebounds from Keith Pickens to turn back visiting Alabama A&M, 68-47.
Austin Ruder, who was 4-of-7 from 3-point range, also contributed to MSU’s seventh straight home victory by adding 12 points.
MSU used solid free throw shooting and rebounding in the second half to put the game out of reach. The Bears finished 25-of-31 (.806) at the foul line and got to the line 25 times in the second half.
After the Bulldogs trimmed a 26-21 halftime deficit to 31-27 on a try by Nicolas West at the 16:40 mark of the second half, Missouri State went on a 16-5 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes to push ahead 47-32. Pickens ended the run with five unanswered points with Ruder and Marshall combining for three 3-pointers in the offensive outburst.
Pickens’ layup at the 11:12 mark would be the Bears’ last field goal for nearly 10 minutes as MSU used an aggressive approach to get to the line 14 times in that span, making 13, and securing a 60-39 advantage with 2:02 to play.
Bruce Marshall ended MSU’s field goal drought with 1:38 left in the game and later knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner that gave the Bears their biggest lead of the night, 66-43, with 40 seconds remaining.
Missouri State dominated the boards in the second half, doubling the Bulldogs on the glass, 26-13, over the final 20 minutes. Pickens accounted for 14 of his caroms in the second half and finished with the most rebounds by a Bear since Dale Lamberth pulled down 16 against Bradley on Jan. 2, 2008.
Despite shooting an even 9-for-18 from the field in the second half, the Bears finished 17-of-50 (.340) after a slow start. MSU was 9-of-20 (.450) beyond the arc and matched a season-high with 14 turnovers.
In the first half, both teams used significant runs to account for most of their scoring. Missouri State stormed out of the gates to take a 12-2 lead less than 8 minutes into the contest. After MSU pushed ahead 14-5, AAMU reeled off 7 unanswered points to pull within 14-12 at the 7:58 mark before a 10-0 outburst by the Bears gave the home squad a 24-12 advantage with just under five minutes to go. The Bulldogs ended the half on a 9-2 run to pull within 26-21 at the break.