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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri, MSSU compete in One State, One Spirit Classic

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 4:03 p.m. CDT
Missouri Southern State University and Missouri players cheer as MSSU guard TJ Williams waves to the crowd at the end of the One State, One Spirit Classic in Joplin on Sunday night. The charity exhibition game was more about the atmosphere and spirit of the community than the competition that night.

JOPLIN — Missouri traveled to Joplin on Sunday to take on Missouri Southern State University in the One State, One Spirit Classic, but it was about much more than a basketball game. The game itself raised nearly $100,000 to benefit tornado relief efforts in the area, and the spirit and resiliency of the community was praised.

Attendees stand before the start of the One State, One Spirit Classic game featuring Missouri Southern State University and Mizzou. Every seat in the arena was filled for the sold out game.
The Missouri Southern State University student section stands for a moment of silence before the One State, One Spirit Classic game in Joplin on Sunday night. The moment of silence happened at 5:41, the same time the tornado struck in May, to honor everything and everyone that was lost in the disaster.
Missouri guard Phil Pressey dribbles the ball around MSSU guard Christian Salecich during the One State, One Spirit Classic game. Missouri won the game 114-68.
Mike Alden, MU Director of Athletics, left, Gov. Jay Nixon, and MSSU Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman are recognized at the beginning of the One State, One Spirit Classic game. The charity exhibition game raised at least $100,000 for the United Way's tornado relief efforts in Joplin.

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