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Intimidating Cornhuskers sweep Tigers

For the first 37 points of Wednesday night’s volleyball match, nothing was going according to plan. No. 3 Nebraska looked flustered, and No. 25 Missouri controlled play.

Exceeding expectations

Gray, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound sophomore surpassed those of his coach and himself when he led a young Rock Bridge team to a 6-4 record this year and completed 54 percent of his passes for 2,029 yards and 16 touchdowns. The numbers are staggering considering that when former Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton was the same age, he completed 42 percent of his passes for 949 yards and five touchdowns. Patton started the final eight games of his sophomore season after splitting time in the first two with senior Andrew St. John.

Tigers tame Cougars

Missouri coach Quin Snyder knows sophomore guard Thomas Gardner can score.

What he appreciated Tuesday were the things that can’t be found in a box score.

Young leads inside shift

So far, Missouri lived and died at the 3-point line, but the Tigers’ interior game is beginning to develop into a sort of life support.

The Tigers still attempted 23 3-pointers against Houston, but made a more concerted effort to work the ball under the basket and take high-percentage shots.

Tigers sign top recruit Criswell

The Tigers signed their third and final recruit for the 2005-06 class on Tuesday. Leo Criswell, a 6-9 native of Kansas City, signed with Missouri.

Criswell had already verbally committed to Kentucky before making his decision to join the Tigers. As a junior in high school, Criswell averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game. He is rated as a top-50 recruit by several different recruiting sites. Rivalhoops.com ranks him the 26th-best forward in this year’s recruiting class.

Second-half slips leave Missouri floundering

Understand Kansas Jayhawks might not be concerned if they trail Missouri at halftime on Saturday.

Opponents have embarrassed the Tigers in the second half of games this past month. Since Missouri started its four-game losing streak Oct. 16 against Texas, the Tigers have seen leads slip away and deficits grow in miserable second-half performances.

Columbia College spruces up soccer stadium

Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium is only 13 years old, but it will get a face-lift before the 2005 season.

The home field for Columbia College soccer was closed in dramatic fashion Wednesday. But it wasn’t the ceremony fans and players were hoping for as William Jewell netted three straight penalty kicks after two overtimes and eliminated the top-seeded Cougars from the Region V tournament.

MU men’s golf signs pair to letters of intent

MU golf coach Mark Leroux announced his first two signings Tuesday.

Peter Malnati, from Dandridge, Tenn., and Ryne Fisher, from Clarksville, Tenn., signed national letters of intent to enroll at MU.

Close shot

Thomas Gardner had more than a little trouble getting his shots to fall but he still recorded a double-double to lift the Tigers on Monday against Brown University

Gardner wasn’t the only Missouri player having trouble in the 68-60 victory against the Bears. The Bears' zone defense disrupted the Tigers’ offense causing them to shoot 23-of-66 from the field including 7-of-26 3-point attempts. Missouri coach Quin Snyder said he had no problem with so many deeps shots because they were open looks. He also said he knew the zone kept the Tigers from pounding the ball down low.

Missouri struggles behind arc

They weren’t always falling, but Missouri kept shooting.

In the end it was the ones that did go in, or the second chance opportunities they produced that made the difference.

MU’s outlook brighter after free weekend

For the first time in a while, tight end Martin Rucker didn’t think about football on a Saturday.

“Actually on Saturday, I didn’t watch any football,” Rucker said. “I didn’t really watch any football all weekend. I just took my bye day and slept.”

Bison point guard turns back Cougars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team came up a little short Monday night.

The Cougars fell 61-58 to much taller Oklahoma Baptist at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Tigers and Bears suspend players

Missouri’s junior center Jeffrey Ferguson watched Monday’s game in street clothes. Ferguson served the first game of a three-game suspension for participating in an unsanctioned summer league earlier this year. Ferguson missed last season to play in an international amatuer league in Canada.

Brown University also had a notable absence. The team announced Sunday that Jason Forte, a senior guard and co-captain, has been suspended for “an indefinite period of time.” Brown coach Glen Miller would not elaborate on why Forte was suspended.

Coaches agree refs don’t deserve flak

Whenever an official makes a questionable call, they are certain to hear about the mistake from fans.

The Big 12 Conference has a policy to ensure its coaches also do not criticize the officials. Instead, coaches are encouraged to send letters to the conference detailing concerns with officiating and the conference looks into the concerns and attempts to correct mistakes.

Missouri wrestlers win open

The Missouri wrestling team opened its season by winning the CMSU Open in Warrensburg on Sunday with 460.50 points.

Lindenwood finished second with 263.50 and Central Oklahoma was third with 186.

Rams give Martz reason to smile

ST. LOUIS — Mike Martz’s week of anger was no empty display. He saw the season slipping away from the defending NFC West champions and thought taking potshots at his players might be his best shot at turning things around.

The St. Louis Rams responded to the tongue-lashings and physical practices by slapping around the Seattle Seahawks.

Watkins takes step from Texas

Melvin Watkins, like most people, did not like taking a step back in his career. He did like the chance to be a part the Missouri basketball program, though.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Watkins, the Tigers’ new associate head coach. “Basketball here, I think, represents what college basketball should be about in terms of the exposure, in terms of the fan support. It’s unbelievable.”

Cougars off to best start in short history

The Columbia College women’s basketball team isn’t a typical repeat conference champion.

The Arena at Southwell Complex isn’t filled with banners profiling the team’s long, storied history because the team has been around for only three seasons. The Cougars, though, have won the American Midwest Conference the past two years.

This season, the Cougars, No. 13 in the NAIA, are off to their best start in the program’s history at 5-0. They have defeated opponents by an average of 15 points, but Davis and his team aren’t getting complacent.

Horning in

The Missouri volleyball team showed Sunday it doesn’t take a flawless performance to beat a top-10 team. A little resiliency, though, never hurts.

The Tigers easily won the first two games but lost the third and had to win a tight, back-and-forth fourth game to upset No. 9 Texas 30-23, 30-24, 22-30, 31-29 at Hearnes Center. It was MU’s fourth straight win and their 11th in the past 13 matches.

Keeping their Guardian up

The tournament to which Missouri and Creighton return has plenty of good memories for both teams, especially for former Tiger Travon Bryant.

The Tigers and the Bears will each make their second appearance in the Guardians Classic, a tournament both teams have won in the past three years.

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