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Missouri State fires head coach Paul Lusk

His dismissal is the final piece of a disappointing year.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament-Wichita State vs Missouri State Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Following a loss yesterday to Southern Illinois in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Missouri State has decided to fire head coach Paul Lusk.

Lusk’s firing comes after the Missouri State Bearspicked by the media to finish first in the MVC before the season began—capped off another completely disappointing year.

However, the season didn’t look all that bad initially. After starting the year with a 13-3 record that included a 3-0 mark in MVC play, the Bears lost 11 of their final 15 games during the regular season.

Their final attempt to right the ship came this past week in Arch Madness. After taking down Valparaiso in the first round, they dropped a matchup to No. 2 seed Southern Illinois. With that, their season—and Paul Lusk’s tenure as head coach—came to an end.

Lusk’s career at Missouri State ends after 7 seasons at the helm. In that time, he only had three winning seasons. Only one of those seasons saw the Bears win 20 games.