SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Marcus Marshall scored 13 points and led six Missouri State players in double figures as the Bears coasted to an 87-39 win over Avila on Wednesday night.
Marshall played just 16 minutes but hit 4 of 6 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Austin Ruder contributed 12 points, Robin Thompson and Ron Mvouika had 11 points each, while Loomis Gerring and Camyn Boone had 10 apiece for Missouri State (2-0), which won by its largest margin since a 106-54 win over Evansville in 2007.
Thompson scored 10 of his 11 in the second half, going 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. The Bears outrebounded Avila 51-19 and scored 27 points off of turnovers.
Avila, an NAIA team, was led by Bradley Reed, who scored 12 points and Sedrick Johnson, who had 11.