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Tigers find hot hand after half

MANHATTAN, Kan. – It seemed as though the taunts started as soon as the ball was tipped.

Bramlage Coliseum echoed with Kansas State fans’ taunts of “Air ball, air ball” when Jimmy McKinney’s first 3-point attempt fell short. Missouri found the right melody for its sixth-straight win after halftime, beating the Wildcats 79-69 on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference game.

Paulding’s dunk ignites key run

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Contrary to traditional basketball logic, a Rickey Paulding dunk is often worth more than two points.

Any Missouri fan who has witnessed Paulding’s aerial acrobatics during his four seasons in black and gold could point to a handful of ferocious slams from the senior swingman. Although his dunk early in the second half against Kansas State on Saturday afternoon might not be his best, it should definitely be in the discussion.

Tigers find vault lineup hard to crack

As Missouri toils to solidify inconsistent performances on the uneven bars, a seasonlong challenge, record scoring on another apparatus has become increasingly dependable.

The Tigers vault so well, Lindsay Davis, who won the Big 12 Conference Championship vault title in 2003 with a 9.9, has trouble breaking into the vault lineup.

Harris leads Kewpies to 5th straight title

JEFFERSON CITY — Having spent most of the game with the basketball in her hands, Hickman senior Lauren Harris was ready to hold something new.

She found it in the form of a Class 5 District 10 championship trophy, which she never let go of after the top-seeded Kewpies’ 69-39 win against second-seed Jefferson City on Saturday at Helias.

Snyder came to love the ‘Cracker Jack Box’

During Quin Snyder’s first year as coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team, he went through quite a learning experience.

It wasn’t on the court; it was finding the court.

Kewpies’ defense pays off

JEFFERSON CITY — Kaela Rorvig ran all game, but in the fourth quarter the clock did the running for her.

Rorvig led a tenacious defensive effort in Hickman’s 69-39 win against Jefferson City in the Class 5 District 10 title game on Saturday night in Helias.

Scrimmage helps relieve some nerves

The Missouri softball team is learning to lighten up.

In Missouri’s Black and Gold scrimmage Saturday at University Field, 16 players divided into three teams with pitchers Erin Kalka, Samantha Fleeman and Erica Peterson leading each group.

Dessau sparks Tigers

Erik Dessau has been perfect for the Missouri baseball team.

Dessau, a junior pitcher, won his third game in as many starts Saturday when the Tigers defeated Youngstown State 7-0 at Taylor Stadium. The win evens the series at 1 after a 3-2 Tigers loss Friday night.

Free throws key as MU ends skid

Sloppy is the word that best describes the final regular-season women’s basketball game at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Despite committing 21 turnovers, Missouri snapped its four-game home losing streak, beating Iowa State 63-58 in a Big 12 Conference game.

Unspectacular Unrau earns praise

Evan Unrau was the first thing Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly wanted to talk about.

After the Tigers’ 63-58 win Saturday at Hearnes Center, Fennelly started his postgame interview with a statement about Missouri’s star forward.

Early shooting troubles don’t faze Conley

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Before the season started, many thought Jason Conley would boost Missouri’s offense.

Although that didn’t happen immediately, Conley, a junior guard, has begun to play a big role, thanks in large part to his rediscovered confidence.

Defense keeps Cougars rolling

Fans chanted “overrated” on Saturday, but perhaps an “underrated” chant directed at the Columbia College women’s basketball team would have been more appropriate.

The Cougars beat McKendree (Ill.) 76-60 at The Arena of Southwell Complex to win their third consecutive American Midwest Conference championship. The win also extended the Cougars’ winning streak to 16.

Kewpies roll

JEFFERSON CITY – After a week and a half layoff, senior guard Jodi Bolerjack said Hickman was worried it wouldn’t be as sharp as usual.

It took three early misses and the rust disappeared.

Bruins look to future

JEFFERSON CITY – After losing to Hickman, a number of Rock Bridge players exited the locker room with teary red eyes while carrying plates of cake.

Although the Class 5 District 10 semifinal loss at Helias wasn’t cause for celebration, the occasion was, for sophomore Cameo Holly turned 16 on Thursday.

Tigers can't dwell on win

Remembering to look forward is the riskiest business of riding the adrenaline wave of five consecutive wins.

Minutes after Tuesday’s overtime thriller against Oklahoma State, every Missouri player started shaking off the seventh-heaven satisfaction to focus on the next Big 12 Conference challenge.

Tigers get last chance to break home slump

It’s a good thing the Missouri women’s basketball team is moving to a new arena next season.

The Tigers have not won at Hearnes Center in more than a month and are having better success on the road against Big 12 Conference opponents than at home.

Amos propels Cougars

Andre Amos is a nice guy, but he doesn’t take insults lightly.

His incredible long-range shooting helped the Cougars beat Williams Baptist (Ark.) 89-46 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars’ win keeps them tied with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead. Missouri Baptist beat Harris Stowe State 119-82 on Thursday.

Pitching, defense give MU fine start

The road has been a comfortable place for the Missouri baseball team.

After playing three games in Phoenix and four in South Carolina, the Tigers will play their first home game tonight against Youngstown State.

A good shot

Not even a wall can contain Christian Cantwell.

A week ago today during morning practice, Cantwell, a former Missouri shot putter, threw the shot over the wall designed to stop throws from rolling across the infield. Most throws roll gently into the wall, which is about 80 feet away, but his throw bounced over.

Hampton hunting for honors

All-Big 12 Conference honors are hard to come by, but Ryan Hampton has found them before.

Hampton, a junior for Missouri, is competing at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. Preliminaries and the first day of the combined events competition are today, with the finals and the conclusion of the combined events on Saturday.

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