Missouri State announces departure of leading scorer Marcus Marshall

Photo: Ozarks Sports Zone

Missouri State guard Marcus Marshall will not return to the team after being suspended indefinitely earlier in the week, the school announced Friday.

Photo: Ozarks Sports Zone
Photo: Ozarks Sports Zone

Marshall was suspended indefinitely earlier in the week for “conduct detrimental to the team.” The junior guard was averaging 19.5 points per game, the second-best mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, while shooting 45.9% from the field and 45.6% from beyond the arc.

“Marcus is a good kid who is trying to find his way, and we wish him the best,” Missouri State coach Paul Lusk said in a release. “This is a mutual decision that will be the best thing moving forward for our program and for him.”

Missouri State (8-9, 2-3 MVC) was already struggling this season. Since winning their first two Valley games, the Bears have lost three in a row. And they face two really tough games, at Northern Iowa and at home against Wichita State, in the next few days.

Kenpom was already projecting the Bears to finish 6-12 with Marshall in the MVC, which would put them in 7th place in the league and place them in the conference tournament’s play-in game. Missouri State has not won fewer than seven conference games since the 2008-09, when the team finished 3-15 and 11-20 overall under current California coach Cuonzo Martin.

With their leading scorer gone, a top-six spot in the Valley for the Bears now looks highly unlikely, and they could have their worst conference performance of the Lusk era.

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