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Morning Sports Report - November 21, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Bears were back in action at JQH Arena Wednesday night. And the Springfield Catholic soccer team is back in the final four.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State Bears were back in action at JQH Arena Wednesday night.

Paul Lusk and his crew looking for their third straight win to open the season.

And trying to hand Grambling State its third straight loss.

It's been a tough grind for the Tigers who were 0-28 last season as well.

And the Bears get rolling in the first half, Marcus Marshall with the catch and shoot three pointer 7-4.

Then Jarmar Gulley with the steal, over to Marshall for the layup, it's Bears by five.

Missouri State running the floor, Devin Thomas on the break, he gets the reverse layup off the glass, 11-4.

Then the Bears started bombing from the perimeter, juco transfer Ron Mvouika with the three from the wing, 25-11.

Grambling State trying to get something going late first half, the ally opp from Chase Comier to Remond Brown for the flush.

It was a 9 point Missouri State halftime lead.

Second half, a little inside, outside action, kicked out to Jarmar Gulley with the three, Bears up 53-36.

Then the inbound pass to Tyler McCullough, spins in the paint and gets the blue collar hoop, Bears by 16.

More perimeter work, McCullough to Austin Ruder, three from the top of the key 61-40 Missouri State.

And the bears go to 3-0 with a 30 point 97-67 win.    

"I just didn't like where we were at from a mental standpoint," said MSU coach Paul Lusk.  "I thought that second group came in and sparked us the first half.  But then we kind of played to the score and played to the competition.  I was disappointed with that.  But I think we responded in the second half and now it's on to the next game."


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     SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Catholic soccer team is back to its old tricks. The Fighting Irish are back in the final four.
    
Friday they'll play St. Pius X in the class one semifinals. The Irish are shooting for their third straight state championship. And Catholic has played in the championship match the last four seasons.

This year's Irish team is 23-5 and will take a six game winning streak into their match with St Pius. Catholic has only five seniors on the team, and this was suppose to be a rebuilding year.

"There's a lot of fresh faces.  And a lot of guys with chips on their shoulders as far as, hey we can do this too.  Mostly because we've had a lot of people approach us, especially at the beginning of the season that this was a rebuilding year.  We graduated eight seniors from last year's team.  And because of that there are lot of guys who have been told you can't do it without last year's class," said Irish soccer coach Tom Guinn.

"It's always in the back of our mind.  We can't do any better than last year, we can only tie.  But it would be a big deal especially in my senior year to win it all," said Irish senior Ryan Randell.
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