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Tigers aim to rebound against KU

Many things have come and gone in Marian Washington’s 31 years as coach of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Washington made her first trip to Hearnes Center in 1978, three years after the building opened. In that game, the Jayhawks escaped with a 70-69 victory.

Frustrating finish

Almost doesn’t count in wrestling.

K.C. Pescaglia dominated his match but still came up short for Hickman on Thursday.

Kewpies face rare challenge

Picking on smaller in-state opponents has been quite the remedy for the Hickman girls’ basketball team after its first and only loss.

To keep their new winning streak going, the Kewpies will have to pick on a team from Kansas much more their size.

Energy helps Cougars net easy victory

Energy plus enthusiasm equals victory. It’s a simple formula but one that’s worked for the Columbia College men’s basketball team all season.

The Cougars used another outstanding defensive effort to defeat Peru State (Neb.) 89-48 on Thrusday at the Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars (16-1) held the Bobcats to one second-half field goal.

Another sad ending

AMES, Iowa. – Missouri senior Rickey Paulding’s turnover struggles continued to plague him Wednesday night against Iowa State. His most costly fumble yet helped the Cyclones to their first win in Big 12 Conference play.

Once again, the Tigers fought an early deficit but fell short during the game’s final seconds, and the Cyclones won 70-65 at Hilton Coliseum.

Platoon system not perfect

AMES, IOWA — A timely substitution can swing momentum. Bringing a fresh player into the lineup can help overcome an imposing deficit.

It can also work the other way, replacing a cohesive group with an inconsistent one.

Tigers tumble without Bond

Missouri’s first major injury of the season could not have come at a worse time.

With the Tigers beginning the Big 12 Conference schedule on the road against No. 11 Kansas State, Missouri learned that point guard LaToya Bond will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken left foot she suffered last weekend.

Gardner shines in MU loss

AMES, Iowa – Thomas Gardner nearly saved the Missouri men’s basketball team Wednesday night.

Athough the Tigers lost to Iowa State 70-65 at Hilton Coliseum, it could have been much worse without Gardner’s play. Gardner scored a team-high 17 points in 13 minutes starting in place of senior guard Josh Kroenke for the second straight game.

One time Missouri foes meet in playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Defensive ends Mike Rucker and Grant Wistrom first met as high school sophomores playing against each other in Missouri. Rucker claims he used a hard hit to tackle Wistrom, then a tight end, for a loss.

The two were later teammates at Nebraska, and will cross paths once again Saturday when Rucker and the Carolina Panthers play Wistrom and the St. Louis Rams in the divisional playoffs.

Hilton filled with heartbreak

Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State’s basketball arena in Ames, Iowa, gives Missouri coach Quin Snyder nightmares.

Since Snyder took over in 1999-2000, the Tigers are 4-5 against the Cyclones, but none of his squads has won at Hilton.

NU player charged for hitting Tigers fan

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska football player Kellen Huston was charged in Columbia, Mo., on Tuesday with a misdemeanor for punching a fan who rushed the field after the Cornhuskers’ loss to Missouri on Oct. 11.

Richard Hicks, Boone County assistant prosecutor, said Huston has agreed to plead guilty to peace disturbance by fighting. Hicks said Huston’s attorney, Milt Harper of Columbia, would appear on Huston’s behalf in county court today.

Tigers open Big 12 play

All the coaches agree. This Big 12 Conference season is going to be tough.

Missouri begins Big 12 Conference play against No. 11 Kansas State at 7 p.m., today at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

Tigers making statement with Temple’s commitment

Tony Temple wanted to do it three weeks ago, but he made it worth the wait for coach Gary Pinkel and Missouri on Monday night.

Temple, the No. 7 running back in the nation according to, went on a sports show on Kansas City television and sat in front of five hats: Missouri, Kansas State, Tennessee, Michigan and Southern California.

Rankings irk Big 12 coaches

Rankings may not hold the greatest significance in college basketball, but they certainly provide plenty of discussion.

Despite the start of the Big 12 Conference schedule tonight, the focus of the first Big 12 coaches’ teleconference of the year centered on Duke jumping past Texas Tech and Texas to the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday.

Moran keeps pedaling

December was busy for Micah Moran.

There was a Dec. 7 victory at the 2003 Missouri Cyclocross Championships in Columbia. Glowing from the win, Moran, a University of Missouri senior, competed at the Cyclocross National Championships on Dec. 12-14 in Portland, Ore.

Big 12 season calls for top play

Almost every coach in the Big 12 Conference is hoping for one aspect of his team’s play to improve during league competition: consistency.

“I think we could be a more consistent team,” Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. “Obviously it’s still relatively early in the season, and we’re very respectful of the great competition that’s coming our way.”

Tigers scramble to beat Billikens

ST. LOUIS – It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.

Missouri defeated St. Louis University 65-62 on Sunday at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.

MU hopes struggles in the past

If Missouri coach Quin Snyder could rid Tigers history of its struggles in 2003, he probably would.

Starting 2004 with a 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday at Hearnes Center was a good start.

Shot won’t fall in frustrating finish for Kewps

Taylor Florence’s jump shot had fallen for most of the fourth quarter, but when it counted most, he came up short.

Hickman lost 71-69 to Poplar Bluff on Sunday at the MFA Oil Break Time Shootout at Hearnes Center. Florence’s 8-foot jumper from just inside the lane at the buzzer hit the rim but bounced away to the left, dropping Hickman to 4-7.

Final flourish saves Tigers

ST. LOUIS — In what was supposed to be an easy final tune-up before heading into the Big 12 Conference season, but Missouri had to play hard until the end against the struggling St. Louis Billikens.

The Tigers escaped with a 65-62 victory to extend their winning-streak to four despite playing their ugliest game of the year before 1,050 fans at Bauman-Eberhardt Center.