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ST. LOUIS — Ben Askren fought back the tears after his loss Saturday to Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton in the finals of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Missouri’s redshirt freshman finished second after losing 11-4 to Pendleton at 174 on Saturday at Savvis Center. Askren had defeated Pendleton at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

Cardinal too much for Tigers

TEMPE, Ariz. – A glimmer of hope wasn’t enough to keep Missouri around for a second day of play.

An early departure probably isn’t what No. 11 seed Missouri women’s basketball team wanted, but No. 6 seed Stanford didn’t give the Tigers much choice, winning 68-44 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Wells Fargo Arena.

Offense fades, sinks Missouri

TEMPE, Ariz. — Missouri picked a bad night to have its worst offensive performance of the season.

The Tigers’ offense sputtered at the end of the first half and then completely stalled in the second, allowing Stanford to run away with a 68-44 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.

MU’s new home: Paige Sports Arena

With its court named, Missouri’s new basketball complex received a title Friday: Paige Sports Arena.

Bill and Nancy Laurie, who donated $25 million toward the arena’s construction, the largest amount given to the Missouri athletic department, received naming rights as a stipulation of their gift.

Despite woes, Tigers roll by Chicago State

The score was one of the few things that went right for the Missouri baseball team Saturday.

The Tigers defeated Chicago State 8-1 at Taylor Stadium in a game that included numerous base running miscues, confusion about the rules and a powerful wind that made judging fly balls a challenge.

Centralia two-sport champion

Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Centralia won its first state basketball title Friday, beating Maryville 41-32 in the Class 3 final.

Cougars’ win streak, season end with loss

JACKSON, Tenn. — It was a season of firsts for the Columbia College women’s basketball team. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn’t include their first national title.

Houston Baptist beat the Cougars 79-66 in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament on Friday at Oman Arena to snap the Cougars’ 20-game winning streak. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Tigers third at Big 12 meet

DES MOINES, Iowa – Missouri beat Oklahoma during the regular season, but not at the Big 12 Conference Championship.

Oklahoma won the title Saturday with 196.95 points, defeating Iowa State (196.925), Missouri (196.425), and Nebraska (196.175) at Drake’s Knapp Center.

Spieler leads California comeback

Abby Spieler led California's fourth-quarter comeback in a 58-52 win against Hancock in the Class 3 third-place game.

Charleston 85, Mountain Grove 82

Mountain Grove overcame three large deficits but could not finish its last comeback and lost to Charleston 85-82 in the Class 3 boys' third-place game.

Stockton wins 3rd straight Class 3 title

Stockton's five starting seniors worked together to win their third straight Class 3 title in four years.

Centralia wins its first state title

And Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Brashear runs to title game

Brashear's undefeated season is still intact.

The Brashear Tigers defeated the Chadwick Cardinals 50-44 in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

Offense shines in MU baseball win

It may be a long weekend for the Chicago State baseball team.

The Cougars lost 19-2 Friday night to a Missouri (16-4-1) team that is gearing up for its first Big 12 series next weekend against Kansas State.

Overtime win not pretty

Walnut Grove is glad that ugly wins count the same as the pretty ones.

The Walnut Grove Tigers beat the Mound City Panthers 38-36 in overtime in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

National title eludes Cougars

JACKSON, Tenn.-It was a season of firsts for the Columbia College women's basketball team. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn't include their first national title.

Houston Baptist beat the Cougars 79-66 in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament on Friday at Oman Arena. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Bell City outshoots Bevier

Before its Class 2 semifinal game against Bevier, former Missouri sharpshooter Jon Sundvold told the Bell City basketball team that the hoops in Hearnes Center sometimes looked as big as hula hoops.

The Cubs must have believed him, for they raced past Bevier 79-49 at Hearnes Center on Friday.

St. Elizabeth squeaks past North Andrew

St. Elizabeth's Craig Luetkemeyer and Nick Voss looked for inspiration in some strange places, for both had NBA trading cards stuffed in the laces of their shoes.

It must have worked, though, for they combined to score 19 points and led St. Elizabeth against North Andrew in the Class 2 semifinal on Friday at Hearnes Center.

Familiar faces

Of Missouri’s 63 possible NCAA Tournament opponents, Evan Unrau couldn’t believe the Tigers’ first-round matchup.

Like many walks of life, college basketball can seem like a small world, and when Missouri (17-12) plays Stanford (24-6) at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., Unrau will be in a familiar position.

Cougars get by barrier

JACKSON, Tenn. — Most coaches say regular season wins and accomplishments are nice, but a team is ultimately measured by its postseason success.

The Columbia College women’s basketball team beat Wayland Baptist 71-57 Thursday in the first round of the NAIA Championship Tournament at Oman Arena. The Cougars were beaten in the first round the past two seasons despite winning the American Midwest Conference both years.

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