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Early stumble sinks Cougars

Friday, February 25, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:36 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 82-70 at Missouri Baptist on Thursday. The Cougars (19-12, 8-3) fell into a tie for second place in the American Midwest Conference.

A 12-0 run in the first half put the Spartans (21-8, 10-1) up 31-22, and they never trailed again.

The Cougars’ Terrance Smith scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half and Nahowan Saxon had 17 points.

Down by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Cougars trimmed the Missouri Baptist lead to 52-48, but foul trouble and turnovers halted the comeback.

Junior forward Franklin Penn led Missouri Baptist with 24 points and senior forward Ryan Edwards scored 19. The Spartans took 40 foul shots and the Cougars had 19 turnovers.

MU SWIMMIMG AND DIVING: The Missouri men’s and women’s teams had an up-and-down day Thursday in the second day of the Big 12 Championships in College Station, Texas.

The men’s team came into the day in second place, but left in third after falling behind second-place Texas A&M by 36 points.

Missouri had eight top-10 finishes, including three in 1-meter diving. Evan Watters was second, Aaron Wionzek third and Jeff Wolpert fourth in the event.

“Our divers did a phenomenal job,” coach Brian Hoffer said. “Diving coach Jamie Sweeney really did a great job on training them and having them ready to dive.”

The women’s team remained in fifth place, but fell further behind the leaders.

“Our women’s team had a rough morning,” Hoffer said. “We knew it would be a tough day event-wise, but our team came out sluggish.”

A sixth-place finish by Shannon Hogan in the 50-yard freestyle and a second-place finish by the 400 medley relay team highlighted the team’s day.

COLORADO: Many considered Ceal Barry the best coach the University of Colorado had, regardless of the sport. But Barry felt it was time to leave the CU women’s basketball program after the worst season in her 22 years at the school.

“If we were 13-1, you probably wouldn’t be sitting here,” she said, a day after her team fell to 1-13 in the Big 12. “I get paid a lot, and I don’t get paid a lot to be 1-13. I saw us slide and I felt a little guilty. I’m responsible for winning.”

Barry, who is 426-240 with the Buffs, will finish out the season as coach, and stay on at CU as assistant athletics director.

This season has been an anomaly for Barry, who has made 12 trips to the NCAA tournament and made it past the first weekend six of those times. The Buffs are 8-17 overall, and this will be only her second losing season since 1985.


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