Rock Bridge’s youth served it well on Monday night, and the Bruins had just enough to pull out a win.
Led by two freshmen and a sophomore, the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Mexico 51-47 in another close game for the Bruins.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jason Conley did everything right. He drove, had good shot selection and played strong defense.
Conley’s best efforts still weren’t enough to lift Missouri to its first road win of the season. In a 73-61 loss to No. 3 Kansas on Monday at Allen Field House, Conley scored 20 points, had four rebounds and three steals. Big numbers weren’t the only thing Conley contributed.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s much too late in the season for there to be any moral victories for Missouri.
“There’s no such thing as that for us,” senior Jason Conley said. “We’ve had a lot of those this year, and as time goes on … They feel good as far making a big step as a team, but me and the guys are tired of getting so close, as far as playing these big schools that are ranked and getting close. That almost hurts more. I’d rather lose by 100 points than lose by nine or 10.”
The ball wouldn’t fall for Stephens College in the first half Monday night.
The Stars lost 67-55 to Avila University at Silverthorne Arena after shooting 16 percent in the first 20 minutes.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jimmy McKinney had the hot hand Saturday and a hurt hand Monday.
McKinney, who scored Missouri’s first seven points against Kansas State on Saturday, had an inauspicious start in Missouri’s 73-61 loss against Kansas on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Columbia College women’s basketball team might have to look up to their opponents for the first time in more than a month.
After three undersized American Midwest Conference opponents, the Cougars will face McKendree College, a team with five players who are 5 feet, 11 inches or taller, at 7 tonight at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
Chase Wetenkamp has a lot of weight on his shoulders, in addition to his 275-pound frame.
The mental pressure on heavy-weights can be immense. Like a football kicker called in for a winning field goal, heavyweights are often the last to wrestle, and a match can be won or lost based on their performance.
Expectations for the Tigers at the beginning of the season were not high, but even the harshest critics wouldn’t have expected Missouri to be in the position it is now.
On Saturday night, Kansas State completed its first sweep of Missouri in more than 20 years. The loss also dropped Missouri to 10-10 on the season and 2-5 in Big 12 Conference play.
KANSAS CITY — It turns out football is not the only thing the Big 12 Conference’s South teams do better than their counterparts in the North.
The South plays a better brand of basketball, too.
BOULDER, Colo. — Oklahoma State freshman JamesOn Curry played a lot like a senior in his first start on Sunday.
Curry scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half of No. 9 Oklahoma State’s 104-86 victory against Colorado. He was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, making all five in the second half.
Four of Kansas State’s starting five weren’t even alive the last time the Wildcats won in Columbia.
And the last time they swept the season series against Missouri the other starter, Cartier Martin, was 1.
It’s one of the only times you’ll see them adorned in Kansas State purple.
But that’s a concession Thomas Gardner, Jason Conley and Jimmy McKinney are willing to make for a hair cut.
Lauren Harris, a 6-foot-3 freshman center at Kennesaw (Ga.) State, recently called home and told her father that she led the nation in blocked shots.
“Where’d you get your information?” Alvin Harris asked.
Keeping a consistent offense is difficult for any team.
For the Tigers, it’s almost impossible.
Twenty minutes after Missouri had dispatched Nebraska 80-70 on Jan. 22, Tiger freshman Glen Dandridge was back in the gym.
He was alone, an unassuming presence in Mizzou Arena’s practice gym with the hood of his gray sweatshirt pulled tight around his eyes.
Football coach Gary Pinkel attended the men’s basketball game between Missouri and Kansas State, but he was doing more than just enjoying the show.
At halftime, Pinkel, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm accompanied a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle onto the court.
After the No. 12 Missouri wrestling team fell to No. 6 Nebraska 26-12 Saturday night, individual accomplishments were all the Tigers had to fall back on.
“Nebraska (16-1-1, 1-0 Big 12) wrestled really well tonight, and we just got outtoughed tonight,” coach Brian Smith said. “In a lot of matches, we just really didn’t wrestle our best tonight. I’m not happy about it, they’re not happy about it, but we’ve got to bounce back.”
When Missouri Baptist’s desperation 3-pointer caromed off the rim as time expired, Columbia College players met at center court and exchanged fanatical embraces and wild high fives amid a sea of applause from their grateful fans.
They had a 90-89 overtime win against a American Midwest Conference heavyweight.
Defeating the top ranked team in the state earlier in the week didn’t distract Pembroke Hill’s girls’ basketball team against Hickman on Saturday night.
Pembroke Hill, which defeated Notre Dame de Sion in overtime Thursday, led the entire game against the Kewpies in a 48-41 victory.
After a lackadaisical start to his team’s Tuesday night loss at Central Methodist, Stephens College basketball coach Dane Pavlovich thought the Stars needed a new warm-up to get ready to go at the beginning of each game.
The new warm-ups accomplished that purpose Saturday, as Stephens jumped out to a 15-0 lead and cruised to an easy 88-19 victory against Mount Mary College, which arrived at Silverthorne Arena from Milwaukeewith only five players.