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Missouri State Bears (13-6, 3-4 MVC) vs. Southern Illinois (6-14, 2-5 MVC)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Tipoff: 7:00 p.m. (Central)
Location: JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
Series: SIU leads 39-34 (MSU leads 22-13 in Springfield, 4-1 at JQH)
TV: FOX Sports Midwest (Tom Ackerman, Rich Zvosec) | ESPN3 | FOX College Sports | FOX Sports KC
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THE TEN COUNT
- Ron Mvouika (Jr., G/F, Paris, France) is this week's MVC Newcomer of the Week after he scored 28 points at UNI (1/18/14) in his first start with the Bears and set an MSU record by going 6-for-6 from 3-point range in the game.
- Jarmar Gulley (Sr., F, Beaumont, Texas) is averaging 19.6 points over the last five games and is 4th in The Valley in scoring (17.9) in league games.
- SIU head coach Barry Hinson was 169-117 (.591) in 9 seasons as head coach of the Bears from 1999-2008. His clubs put together three 20-win seasons and secured four NIT bids in that span. Salukis assistant Terrance McGee also played two seasons under Hinson at Missouri State (2001-03) and scored 14.5 points per game in a 61-game career.
- The Missouri State staff includes Southern Illinois alums Paul Lusk (class of 1995), Derrick Tilmon (2000) and Brad Korn (2004) who combined to play 294 games for the Salukis. Recent MSU assistants Kent Williams (2008-11) and Kyle Smithpeters (2011-12) were also products of the highly-successful Carbondale program.
- Dorrian Williams (So., G, Oklahoma City, Okla.) ranks 2nd in the league and 19th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.26) and has started five straight games. In 6 Valley games, he has 31 assists with just 8 turnovers (3.29).
- Emmanuel Addo (Sr., F, Toronto, Canada) has collected 13 points over his last two starts -- his best stint in MVC play.
- The Bears have a +10.5 scoring margin in all home games this season and +1.4 for all games.
Missouri State has won 7 games in a row when Christian Kirk (Jr., F, Springfield, Mo.) scores in double figures.
- With 40 treys, Austin Ruder (Fr., Nixa, Mo.) is on pace to become just the third MSU freshman to hit 50 3's in a season.
- MSU has won 11 of its last 12 home games and has not lost in regulation at JQH Arena since 2/19/13 (UNI).
The series between the Bears and Salukis dates back to 1957 with SIU holding a narrow 39-34 lead in the rivalry. MSU, which has won 8 of the last 9 meetings, is 21-13 in Springfield against SIU (4-1 at JQH Arena).
The clubs met three times last year with the Bears winning the Valley opener over SIU 70-59 at JQH (12/30/12) behind a 15-point outburst from Nathan Scheer on 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The Salukis avenged the loss in Carbondale (2/16/13), 62-54, as Jeff Early scored 20, while the Bears got 20 points from Anthony Downing and 13 from Christian Kirk.
The clubs also met in St. Louis in the first round of the MVC Tournament (3/7/13) with the Bears prevailing 61-51. Desmar Jackson and Anthony Beane scored 12 apiece for SIU, while the Bears got 18 from Marcus Marshall, 16 from Downing and 10 from Kirk at Scottrade Center.
COACH Paul Lusk
Paul Lusk (Southern Illinois, 1995) is 40-44 (.476) in his third season at MSU and 42-67 (.385) in his fourth season overall as a head coach. He is 19-24 in MVC games (12-8 at home, 7-16 on the road), 1-2 in MVC Tournament games and 21-20 in all non-conference games (13-6 at JQH Arena, 6-7 away and 2-7 at neutral sites). He is also 25-15 in all home games, 13-22 on the road, and 2-7 at neutral sites. He is 4-1 against SIU (2-0 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).
LAST GAME (Jan. 21)
Jarmar Gulley matched a career high with 26 points and snagged a game-high 12 rebounds to lift the Bears past visiting Evansville, 64-61.
MSU overcame a halftime deficit for the fifth time this season and used the strength of a 15-4 run over the course of seven-and-a-half minutes early in the second half to turn the game around.
Evansville led 34-32 at the intermission behind a 52.4-percent shooting effort and led by as many as eight points late in the opening period.
The cardiac Bears scored six unanswered points in the final 78 seconds of the opening half as Gulley converted a traditional 3-point play, and Gavin Thurman dropped in a clutch trey to make it a two-point game at the break. MSU later took its first lead since 7-6 when Emmanuel Addo scored on an up-and-under move at the 17:12 mark of the second half on a pass from Ron Mvouika to make it a 39-38 contest. Evansville regained the lead briefly on a layup by D.J. Balentine, but Paul Lusk's troops found their rhythm and use the game-breaking surge to push ahead 50-42 with 11:28 remaining.
The Purple Aces made a game of it late, cutting their deficit to one on two occasions - first on a 3-pointer by Blake Simmons with just over four minutes remaining, and then on a free throw by Balentine with 71 seconds showing.
Leading 61-60 inside a minute to go, the Bears ran it down to 48 seconds before Mvouika rose up for a 15-footer. His shot was off target, but he ran down the long carom on the far sideline and knocked it off an Evansville defender and out of bounds. MSU retained possession and got a fresh shot clock, but the Aces rushed Mvouika to foul him with 30 seconds left. The junior from Paris came up big by making both charity shots to make it 63-60.
On the ensuing possession, MSU trapped Balentine in the front court, forcing Evansville into its final timeout with 21 ticks to play. Marty Simmons' squad drew up a shot for the MVC's top scorer, but Balentine's trey missed and was gathered in by Gulley who was fouled at the 14-second mark.
Gulley went to the line sitting at a perfect 7-for-7 on the night, but his only miss from the stripe came at a bad time, and Evansville grabbed the missed one-and-one. However, MSU quickly wrapped up Duane Gibson to send him to the line. He also missed his front end chance to keep the score at 63-60.
The Bears would go 1-for-3 at the line from there, with Williams making 1-of-2 with 3 seconds left. His second shot, which missed, was picked up by Simmons, but Evansville could not get off a final attempt, and the Bears improved to 9-1 at home this season with the win.