Red-Hot Bears Kick Off December Slate Wednesday at JQH

Red-Hot Bears Kick Off December Slate Wednesday at JQH

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Dec. 2, 2013


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Missouri State Bears (6-1) vs. Cameron (3-4)

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: First meeting. (0-0 in Springfield)
TV: None
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  • The Bears have won five straight home games, dating back to the Senior Day win over Bradley (3/2/13) last season.
  • Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) and Emmanuel Addo (Sr., F, Toronto, Canada) both earned all-tournament team honors at the Corpus Christi Challenge. Gulley averaged 14.1 points and 2.5 steals over the four games, while Addo was 7-for-12 from the field and averaged 10.5 points per game in the two-game Texas portion of the event.
  • This is the first-ever meeting between Missouri State and Cameron, an NCAA Division II program from Lawton, Okla. Cameron boasts the NCAA DII preseason player of the year in guard Craig Foster (16.9 ppg, 5.0 apg).
  • MSU has trailed at the half four times in seven games this season but has come back to win three of those games.
  • The Bears are just 1 win shy of reaching 600 victories as a Division I program. MSU is 599-378 (.613) in 32 seasons since joining the Division I ranks for the 1982-83 season. MSU's 1,583 all-time wins also ranks 29th among all DI members.
  • Jarmar Gulley posted 13 steals last week to push his season total to 18, which ranks second in the MVC and 25th nationally. Gulley led the Bears in steals as a junior in 2011-12 with 34.
  • Over the last five games, Missouri State has forced 76 turnovers (15.2 per game), including 38 by steal.
  • Former MSU standout Drew Richards (2004-08) is an assistant coach at Cameron. The Rogersville native scored 611 points and snagged 443 rebounds in 118 games at Missouri State.
  • Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.) scored a career-high 19 points with a 5-for-9 effort behind the arc in last Friday's MSU win against Texas A&M (Nov. 29) in the Corpus Christi Challenge semifinals.
  • Gavin Thurman (So., F, Wichita, Kan.) is coming off a season-high 14 points against Virginia with four 3-pointers.


This is the first-ever meeting between the Bears and Cameron.

COACH Paul Lusk

Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 33-39 (.458) in his third season at MSU and 35-62 (.361) 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 17-19 in all non-conference games (10-6 at JQH Arena, 5-6 away and 2-7 at neutral sites). He is also 20-14 in all home games, 11-18 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He has never coached against Cameron.
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).


Missouri State got 14 points apiece from Jarmar Gulley and Gavin Thurman, but it wasn't enough as the Bears dropped their first game of the season, 83-63, to Virginia in the finals of the Corpus Christi Challenge.
The Cavaliers (7-1), ranked 29th in the AP poll, were led by Justin Anderson with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while tournament MVP Joe Harris tallied 15.
The game could not have started better for the Bears who built an 11-3 lead in the first five minutes with Gulley, Austin Ruder and Emmanuel Addo knocking down 3-pointers before the first media timeout. A trey by Gavin Thurman with 12:26 to go in the half ended a brief 4-0 run by the Cavaliers and gave MSU a 14-7 lead at the time.
Thurman extended the Missouri State lead again with just under 10 minutes to play with his second trey of the opening half to make it 19-14, but Virginia then reeled off the game's next 14 points over the span of six-and-a-half minutes to turn the tides for good. Back-to-back treys by Anderson pushed the ACC club ahead 28-19 with 2:58 on the first-half clock.
The Bears rallied behind a 15-footer from Gulley and a free throw by Addo on UVA's first foul of the game with 1:01 to go in the first stanza, but Mike Tobey's jumper at the free throw line in the final minute gave UVA a 32-22 lead at half.
The second half started with promise as Missouri State scored 10 points in the first four minutes, six seconds, but Virginia bettered that with 13 points in that span to make it a 45-32 game at the first media timeout. Coming out of that timeout, Virginia put the game away with a 9-0 run to run its lead to 22 points before Thurman ended the outburst by draining his third trey of the night.
The Cavaliers eventually built a 62-37 lead midway through the half before Thurman started a 12-3 run for the Bears with his final 3-pointer of the contest. A free throw by Gulley ended the run with 7:16 left and MSU within 65-49.
But a subsequent 14-3 run with three starters on the floor gave Virginia its biggest lead of the night, 79-52, with 3:35 to go, and the Bears outscored their ACC foe 11-4 down the stretch.

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