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Morning Sports Report - Jan. 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Before last night's Missouri State game at Indiana State, Bears coach Paul Lusk announced that Marcus Marshall will miss the rest of the season.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Before last night's Missouri State game at Indiana State, Bears coach Paul Lusk announced that Marcus Marshall will miss the rest of the season.

Surgeons repaired the meniscus in Marshall’s right knee, but the damage was bad enough that he won't be ready to play until next year.

In our Bear Nation Report, Missouri State hit the hardwood in Terre Haute without Marshall or senior Keith Pickens.

Paul Lusk started sophomore Gavin Thurman in Marshall’s place.

Jarmar Gulley stepped up to try to fill the offensive void, he pulled up from 15 feet and Bears on top.

But not for long, Demetrius Moore with the three pointer and it's 6-2 Sycamores.

Missouri State tried to keep pace, Dorian Williams’ three is off the mark, but Gulley is there for the put-back, it's a 3 point game.

Indiana State playing tough Dee, here Dawon Cummings gets the steal and the slam dunk, it was 13-6 Sycamores.

Then Indiana State with the inbounds pass to Khristian Smith, who had the basket, two of his 14 points.

Bears freshman Devon Thomas stepped up as well; he takes it into the trees for the hoop and the foul, Missouri State still down 11. Thomas had nine points and four rebounds.

Gulley with the nifty move here in the second half, he led all scorers with 16 points and six rebounds, but Indiana State hands the Bears their second straight loss 70-55.

The future of college basketball will be on display over the next few days at JQH Arena.

It's the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions and this year is the 30th anniversary of this premier event.

The T of C annually pits some of the best high school teams in the country against some of the best teams from the area.

Those out of state teams began arriving in Springfield today and worked out at JQH Arena.

This is Wesleyan Christian out of North Carolina, they're ranked 22nd in the country and will play white station out of Memphis tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

The nation's number one and number three teams are also in town.

"I just think it's been an opportunity for kids,” says Mark Fisher, tournament director. “Not just from Southwest Missouri, but from bringing kids in from Florida, to New York, to Texas to California. It's not just about basketball. You can tip a ball up in any gym around the country. This is more about opportunity. This is about opportunities and life memories and it doesn't always have to be about basketball."

The first game tomorrow night has Willard against Paul the Sixth from Virginia.

Then it's White Station and Wesleyan Christian.

Kickapoo will take on New York City’s Christ the King.

And the late game has number one Montverde from Florida against Village Christian from California.

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