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Ridley leads Cougars

Throughout Columbia College’s season, coach Mike Davis has repeatedly said Charliss Ridley looks great in blue and silver. Apparently, the other American Midwest Conference coaches agreed.

Ridley, a junior forward, was named the AMC’s Most Valuable Player after the Cougars’ 87-79 win against McKendree (Ill.) in the AMC Tournament final on Monday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Honors for Conley, Johnson

Junior guard Jason Conley and senior center Arthur Johnson represented Missouri on the Big 12 Conference’s Specialty Teams.

Conley made the All-Newcomer Team and the All-Reserve Team, and Johnson made the All-Defensive Team.

Cougars determined

The American Midwest Conference season’s conclusion was anticlimactic. Fortunately, the conference tournament guarantees an undisputed champion.

The Columbia College and Missouri Baptist men’s basketball teams accumulated 10-2 AMC records, and the teams split their head-to-head matchups. The No. 5 Cougars beat the No. 21 Spartans 84-71 on Feb. 7 in St. Louis. On Thursday, the Spartans defeated the Cougars 84-73 in Columbia.

Tigers in familiar territory

DALLAS – This is déjà vu with a twist.

Missouri finished the regular season in a three-way tie for seventh in the Big 12 Conference with Nebraska and Iowa State. Because of the tiebreaker system, Missouri (16-11, 7-9 Big 12) is the No. 7 seed.

NCAA bid is Unrau’s goal

DALLAS — Evan Unrau exceeded many expectations since coming to Missouri, including hers.

Unrau, a 6-foot-1 senior, came to Missouri in 2000 as a quiet kid from Fort Collins, Colo. She will leave as one of MU’s most versatile players.

Fairy tale turns into tragedy

Missouri coach Quin Snyder and his team crafted the perfect story.

After withering from the heights of great preseason expectations to below .500, the Tigers find paradise once lost in a second stretch of Big 12 Conference play as NCAA Tournament outsiders-turned-contenders in a matter of weeks.

Disappointed fans need not be at loss

I promised myself I would write about something different this week, but I can’t help it. It’s March, and I have basketball on the brain.

It’s like this every year. I can’t escape my basketball obsession at this time of year. I’m filling out brackets in my sleep, crunching the numbers to see whose bubbles have burst and contemplating calling in sick for the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament.

Tigers have confidence in Coleman

Missouri fans held their breath when Brad Smith suffered a concussion in last season’s second game.

A star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate was sidelined indefinitely. With no proven backup, the season could have been done almost before it started.

Deafening Defeat

Aaron Miles has developed a knack for wrecking Missouri’s hopes late in games at Hearnes Center.

For the second consecutive year, Miles, a junior from Portland, Ore., hit a late-game 3-pointer late in the shot clock to devastate the Tigers. The shot helped the Jayhawks to an 84-82 win Sunday in a Big 12 Conference game that drew a crowd of 13,611 for the final regular season game at Hearnes Center.

AJ’s career day for naught

Big man. Big time. Big plays.

At 6 feet 9 and 265 pounds, Missouri senior Arthur Johnson is often associated with the word “big”.

Hearnes’ last shots

Missouri’s game against Kansas on Sunday boasted many story lines, but its status as the last regular season game played at Hearnes Center was among the most prominent.

The Tigers could host another game at Hearnes if invited to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament.

Stewart surprised

Although the game ended on a down note Sunday, fans and former coach Norm Stewart received a heart-warming surprise.

At halftime of Missouri’s loss to Kansas, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace announced to a sellout crowd of 13,611 that Norm Stewart Court would be transferred to the new arena for play in 2004-05.

Free throws hurt MU

Any loss to Kansas is disappointing, but Missouri found a way to make Sunday’s loss more frustrating.

The Tigers made 19-of-32 attempts, 59 percent, from the free-throw line, significantly lower than its 72 percent season average. The Tigers missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities in the second half, spurring a 9-0 Kansas run that gave the Jayhawks a 77-67 edge with less than five minutes left.

Title boosts Columbia Catz

After stealing the ball with five minutes left in the third quarter, Ian Patterson immediately started on a fast break.

Once Patterson realized he did not have a clear path to the basket, he slowed down and waited for teammate Will Echelmeier to get down the court. Patterson then passed the ball to Echelmeier under the basket for a layup.

Late rally saves Tigers

In the middle of the fifth inning Sunday, Missouri coach Ty Singleton called his team into the room behind the dugout to remind them what they were there to do.

“To get them out of the noise, out of the wind, out of the cold, I wanted to bring them into the team room for just a minute,” Singleton said. “To say, OK guys, I want you to take a deep breath and say simply, this is all we’re trying to do; this is our approach. I don’t want any other distractions.”

Injuries plague Tigers in loss to Iowa

The ice used to soothe injuries might as well have been salt.

Four Missouri players nursed injuries after their matches and watched as Iowa edged the Tigers 4-3 on Sunday at the Green Tennis Center.

4,600 Tons of steel

It was designed to do it all and to last a long time.

Although Hearnes Center isn’t closing, its time as the home to Missouri basketball has come to the end.

Best of Hearnes

Since the first jump ball Nov. 25, 1972, until today, Missouri has played 475 home games at Hearnes Center.

The magic and atmosphere surrounding Hearnes Center will be experienced one more time today as Missouri takes on Kansas in the building’s finale. Many memories will remain from the building’s history, but 10 moments highlight Missouri’s home.

Hickman moves one step closer

SEDALIA — As Lauren Harris started to count down, she started to feel better.

It didn’t matter that Kickapoo inched closer; she had the state tournament in her sights.

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