Lucas uses every tool

STILLWATER, OKLA. — Oklahoma State’s John Lucas likes to make good use of all of his available resources to prepare for the game.

And that includes the ball boys.

Wrestlers lose first match

The Missouri wrestlers took their first loss of the season, 22-17 to No. 6 Lehigh in a match that was decided in the final bout of the night.

Missouri fell behind by as many as 15-points, but came back to lead following a five-bout win streak by Cody Greene (149), Brad Cielseki (157), Tyron Woodly (165), Ben Askren (174) and Matt Pell (184).

Win helps Hickman gain momentum

The Hickman girls’ basketball team took another step toward regaining their form of last season.

The Kewpies beat Kirksville 48-38 on Monday night at Hickman.

Sutton adding to long legacy

When Oklahoma State hosts Missouri tonight, Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton will play for one of the most prestigious honors in his school’s basketball history.

If Sutton gets a victory, he will tie OSU legend Henry Iba with 767 career victories. It will also move him into seventh place on the all-time winningest coaches list. It would only be fitting if Sutton tied Iba’s record at home in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tigers’ Brooks back where she started

After last year’s mid-season transfer, Tiffany Brooks is traveling back to Manhattan.

Tonight, the Missouri women’s basketball team (7-6, 1-1) takes on No.23-ranked Kansas State (10-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.

Hard not to notice Kansas success

Most Big 12 Conference coaches are impressed that Kansas keeps winning despite the loss of powerhouse senior forward Wayne Simien.

Simien underwent surgery on his left thumb to repair a ligament that had pulled away from the bone on Dec. 19. Estimates said he would be out for four to six weeks.

Defense does it for Bruins

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon’s vision for defense came into focus Sunday.

The Bruins dominated Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame 55-40 at the Show-Me State Games Shootout at Mizzou Arena with incredible defense.

Tigers’ swagger loses some luster

Missouri is on a three-game winning streak, but it seems like the team that defeated then-No. 12 Gonzaga and gave No. 1 Illinois its toughest competition of the season is nowhere to be found.

In a 64-51 victory against American on Tuesday, the Tigers came out flat and played without emotion. Just four days later, Missouri gained a 13-point lead against Iowa State then crumbled early in the second half. A 12-and-a-half-minute field goal drought put the Tigers down by 12. A flourish in the final four minutes allowed Missouri to pull out a 62-59 victory.

Hickman can’t stand up to Hazelwood Central

Hickman came up a little short.

The Kewpies boys’ basketball team lost 56-43 to Hazelwood Central on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Last-second reprieve

Leave it to Missouri to make it harder on itself than it needed to.

The Tigers blew a double-digit lead, went more than 12 minutes without a field goal and missed several free throws late, but still found a way to beat Iowa State 62-59 as both teams opened Big 12 Conference play in front of 10,706 fans at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

Nash signs up for NFL draft

Damien Nash’s decision to leave college football a year early might or might not work out for him.

After quitting the Missouri football team at the end of the regular season, Nash, who was a junior tailback for the Tigers last year, announced on Friday he will enter the 2005 NFL Draft before graduating.

Cougars stung in OT

Overtime was the most frustrating part.

Despite clawing its way back into the game late in the second half, the Columbia College men’s basketball team fell to Lyon College in a disappointing 69-64 overtime shootout from the free-throw line Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Building a better body

When Taelin Frasier started seriously lifting weights 11 years ago, he immediately noticed a difference in his energy level.

“You can just tell that your body is working better, and it’s great for self-image” Frasier said.

Brooks’ performance not enough for Tigers

This was Tiffany Brooks’ game, until the final two minutes.

“It was unbelievable,” Missouri women’s basketball coach Cindy Stein said. “(Brooks) made some incredible shots, and as I told her at halftime, we kind of rode her back the whole first half. We needed some other kids to step up.”

McKinney’s play key for Tigers

While the rest of the team followed the normal pregame routine, junior guard Jimmy McKinney warmed up in the practice gym alone.

“I think that just helped to get my mind free and really focus on the game,” McKinney said. “I didn’t see the crowd yet; I want to wait until the game starts to see the crowd. I wanted the attention off me and just got focused. I came out really aggressive.”

Brown gives life to Missouri’s late comeback victory

After playing terribly for most of the second half, Missouri got a jumpstart from freshman forward Marshall Brown.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder was visibly upset about his team’s play against Iowa State on Saturday at Mizzou Arena, even though the Tigers pulled out a 62-59 victory.

Missouri women hope to keep rolling

The next challenge: Nebraska.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Nebraska on Saturday.

Special teams not so special

ST. LOUIS — When Jeff Wilkins is using his shoulder pads, the St. Louis Rams know they’re in trouble.

Their kicker is supposed to be the last line of defense on returns, but all too often they’ve needed him to save the day. It illustrates the Rams’ glaring weakness on special teams entering Saturday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks (9-7).

Jackson says ability proven

ST. LOUIS - The day the St. Louis Rams make him their feature back can’t come soon enough for Steven Jackson.

The rookie said Thursday he has shown the past few weeks that he is ready to take over from Marshall Faulk.

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