SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Gavin Thurman had 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting including a perfect 3 for 3 from behind the arc to lead Missouri State to an 89-61 season opening victory Friday over Philander Smith.
Four other players for the Bears scored in double figures with Marcus Marshall scoring 16 points including a 9 for 10 effort from the charity stripe. Christian Kirk had 14 while Drew Wilson and Anthony Downing each had 12. Wilson recorded a double-double by adding 11 rebounds and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor. The Bears shot 46 percent from the field on the game.
Missouri State led 45-28 at half time but went on a 12-4 run in the first 2:57 of the second half capped off by a Kirk lay-in to make it 57-32.
Alvin Nance scored 11 points for Philander Smith (1-1), all from the free-throw line.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.
Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Badgers for his senior season.