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Construction causing crowds at Rec Center

During peak hours, there are lines six deep waiting to use treadmills. Any number of basketball players, from five to 25, are waiting to get court time at the MU Student Rec Center.

Construction scheduled to last until next year is the reason for all the holdups. Peak hours at the center have broadened to between 12-1 p.m. and 2-10:30 p.m. during the week.

Spates’ mat milestone

Jeremy Spates didn’t celebrate, but he had 100 reasons to.

Spates, Missouri’s 149-pounder, earned his 100th victory during the dual against Northern Illinois on Wednesday. Spates, ranked third, helped the Tigers defeat the Huskies 31-7 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Martin hoping he’s all the rage

Three years ago, Will Martin’s father urged him to join the wrestling team. Now Martin wishes his father had acted earlier.

Martin said he loves to wrestle. He doesn’t love the practices. He doesn’t care much about winning. He loves the six minutes on the mat when he and his opponent compete to determine who’s better.

Third time could be Conn’s charm

Marquette High wrestler Bobby Conn has waited all year for this weekend.

“It’s been the focus of his life,” Marquette coach Joe Wier said.

Home heartbreaker for MU

Missouri home games against Big 12 Conference opponents are becoming a recurring nightmare for the Tigers.

Following an all-too-familiar script, Missouri mounted an impressive comeback but fell short in the final seconds against No. 9 Texas Tech on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Bruins stop Kirksville

Rock Bridge’s defense through most of the game helped it survive a late-game letdown.

The Bruins held off a Kirksville rally and won 60-50 on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Major point of concern

When Missouri coach Quin Snyder mapped out this season for his crew, he packed the essentials.

His four seniors added experience, and he bagged shooting power in a preseason All-American in Rickey Paulding and his protégé, Thom-as Gardner.

Kirksville defense smothers Bruins

At least Rock Bridge looked good for the first two seconds.

After that, everything went downhill as Kirksville cruised to a 61-38 girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

Reese plays role of fall guy

J.P. Reese has a unique wrestling style that allows him to earn a lot of falls. So many falls that he owns the Missouri record.

Missouri coach Brian Smith said Reese (141) is one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the nation because of his ability to get a fall in any situation.

Not enough muscle for MU

Missouri knows to expect tough inside play in the Big 12 Conference; dealing with it on the other hand is being worked on.

Aggressive inside play helped No. 9 Texas Tech defeat the Missouri women’s basketball team 73-68 on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Wrestling brotherhood

Tony Pescaglia’s parents might have found the perfect way to curb horseplay around the house.

Stephens routed in finale

The game, much like the rest of the season, was practically over as soon as it started.

Central Methodist College defeated Stephens College 92-43 on Tuesday at Silverthorne Arena. Stephens finished 1-18 after winning its first game.

Stewart's banner lowered tonight

Longtime Missouri coach Norm Stewart’s commemorative banner will be lowered from the Hearnes Center rafters at halftime of tonight’s game against Iowa State.

Five other banners were lowered at halftime of Missouri’s victory against Nebraska in January. The banners honoring Stewart (22), Jon Sundvold (20), Willie Smith (30), Doug Smith (34), Steve Stipanovich (40) and Bill Stauffer (43) will be moved to the new arena, scheduled to open in October.

Not so easy for Cougars

Columbia College had every reason to expect a lopsided victory against Lindenwood on Monday, but the Lions had other expectations.

The Cougars beat the Lions 70-55 at The Arena of Southwell Complex. In their season-opening game on Nov. 6, the Cougars won at Lindenwood 93-54.

Fulton outscores Rock Bridge

The Fulton Hornets wanted to make a statement.

Did they ever.

Tigers gain confidence

For the last 30 seconds of Sunday’s win against UNLV, Missouri point guard Spencer Laurie brought the ball past half-court and dribbled out the clock.

Laurie didn’t flinch as he pounded the ball against the court and looked into the helpless, frustrated eyes of his opponent. Laurie and the Tigers ended Sunday’s 94-60 win with a feeling they haven’t felt all season: control.

Contest draws Hall closer to his calling

At the risk of sounding “utterly cheesy,” Mike Hall will tell you moving people is his true love.

To laugh, to cry, to feel, Hall tries to invoke emotional response through performance, in plays, musicals, improvisational comedy, you name it.

Pavlovich seeks answers

Under dimmed lights in Silverthorne Arena, a group of women plays to an empty gym. They are the Stars of Stephens College, and this is an intrasquad scrimmage.

One player stands out from the group. The guard is a foot taller than everyone else on the court and, even in the poor light, is easily distinguished by the thick tuft of hair protruding from his chin.

Tigers gain confidence with Bond

When Missouri learned Jan. 5 that LaToya Bond had a broken left foot and would miss 4-6 weeks, it lost more than its starting point guard.

Bond’s injury marked the loss of the Tigers’ floor leader and most athletic player at a bad time.

Lincoln gaining tough reputation

Going to Lincoln, Neb., no longer represents an easy trip.

A recent resurgence has Nebraska playing a crucial role in the Big 12 Conference, and some of the Big 12 coaches discussed the Cornhuskers’ progression in the Big 12’s weekly conference call.After starting 1-6 in the conference, Nebraska (14-7, 4-6) has won three straight, including two wins with margins of more than 16 points.

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