The Bears used their best round of the tournament to finish on a high note.
The Bears were again led by freshman Joey Johnson, who's tied for 17th with 18 holes to play.
MSU freshman again leads the way for the Bears at Arkansas State.
The Bears shot 297-292--589 and are eighth of 20 teams after the first day.
Freshman Joey Johnson led the way again for the Bears in a disappointing team finish.
2013-14: Solidified his status as one of the Bears' top players, improving his scoring average over two strokes from his freshman year with a 75.28 mark, which led the team ... Placed in the team's top three in nine of eleven tournaments ... Started the year at the SIUE Invitational by notching 74-74-78--226 and a tie for 29th, followed by 48th place and 78-70-78--226 at the Weibring Intercollegiate ... Tied for 19th at the Dallio Memorial with 80-77-73--230 and was 32nd at the following tournament, the UMKC Intercollegiate, at 79-73-73--225 ... Earned a team-best 11th-place showing at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate, where he shot 71-72-76 for a then career-best 219 total, which he topped the following week with his 73-69-73--215 performance at the Snowman Getaway where he tied for 13th overall ... Second on the team at the weather-shortened Argent Financial Classic after scoring 82-80--162 ... Carded 78-78-84--240 at the UALR/First Tee Classic ... Shot 78-78-74--230 at the Memphis Intercollegiate ... Tied for second at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate with his career-best-tying 70-68-77--221 ... Placed in a tie for fifth at the MVC Championships and earned all-conference after carding 72-76-73--221.
2012-13: Turned in a solid freshman season, posting a 77.37 stroke average while playing in 10 of 11 tournaments ... Best finish was at the ULM/Wallace Jones Invitational, where he tied for 22nd by shooting 78-78-74--230 ... Next best was the final fall tournament, the Austin Peay Intercollegiate, where he recorded 76-70-75--221 to tie for 25th ... Opened his collegiate career at the Fairway Club Invitational, where he shot 77-79-79--235 and tied for 42nd...Also placed 48th at the Colbert Intercollegiate with 87-89-77--253 and 42nd at UMKC after shooting 73-77-77--227 ... Shot 81-79-77--237 to finish 33rd at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship...Posted his career-best round of 69 in the final round of the Snowman Getaway, a tournament in which he finished 55th with 78-78-69--225 ... Opened the spring at Rice with 76-77-73--226 and a tie for 44th ... Tied for 42nd at the Argent Financial Classic by carding 79-78-76--233.