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Ivey’s play royal pain for Tigers

It was a bit of an understatement, but it was accurate Tuesday night.

“It was a great college game,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “I thought both teams played their hearts out and we just happened to get on the good end tonight.”

Paulding’s free-throw woes costly

Rickey Paulding will want to forget about Tuesday’s game quickly.

Although a large advantage on free throws kept Missouri close, Paulding’s crucial misses late prevented the Tigers from winning their second straight overtime game.

Harper helps Hickman get first win

Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first win.

The Kewpies’ Luke Harper earned a first-period pin in the last match of the night to give Hickman a 44-33 win against Marshall on Tuesday at Hickman.

Culberson helps Jays crush Bruins

Brianna Culberson outscored Rock Bridge.

For the first half, at least. Culberson, a Jefferson City sophomore, led the Lady Jays to a 74-42 victory Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Tigers hoping to build momentum

Missouri’s win at Oklahoma on Saturday marked several accomplishments.

It was coach Quin Snyder’s first road victory against a ranked opponent. It was his first win at Lloyd Noble Arena, and it could become the turning point of the Tigers’ season.

In her place

Charliss Ridley and Columbia College seemed like a perfect fit.

Ridley gave the Cougars a Division I-caliber talent, and Columbia College presented Ridley with a comfortable environment.

NCAA draws Knight’s ire

Leave it to Bob Knight to shake up the Big 12 Conference.

Knight, never one to mince words, was outspoken when asked about the situation at Baylor, where Carlton Dotson is facing murder charges in the death of teammate Patrick Dennehy. The death led to the firing of coach Dave Bliss and the transfer of most of the Bears’ talent.

Sampson praises Tigers

Two days after his team’s loss to Missouri, Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson had a warning for the rest of the conference.

“Missouri is a team that you better not overlook,” Sampson said. “You better not look at their struggles; you better look at what they’re capable of doing.”

Missouri continues to struggle

A missed opportunity hurt Missouri.

The Tigers lost 71-54 to No. 15 Colorado on Sunday at Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo., in a Big 12 Conference game.

Coming back

NORMAN, Okla. — Putting together 40 solid minutes has baffled the Missouri basketball team all season, but Saturday, the Tigers not only brought their most consistent game to Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., but they also packed enough for 45 minutes.

After chipping away at a 12-point hole, the Tigers defeated No. 11 Oklahoma 79-75 in overtime.

MU posts win with post play

NORMAN, Okla. – With the shot clock winding down on Missouri’s first possession of overtime, senior forward Rickey Paulding started a drive on the left baseline, spun away from a defender and floated in a short jumper.

Although Paulding’s shot came after the Tigers had sent the game into overtime, it was an example of how the Tigers played to recover and score a 79-75 overtime upset of No. 11 Oklahoma.

Cougars match streak for wins

Columbia College and East-West (Ill.) are polar opposites in terms of strategy, demeanor and success.

The Cougars beat the Phantoms 104-57 on Saturday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Ridley provides Cougars’ spark

The new year brought great change for the Columbia College women’s basketball team.

Although Charliss Ridley, a junior forward, is their only new player for 2004, the Cougars must all modify their roles to accommodate her.

Post defense hurting MU

An old and familiar problem is again festering for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

As was often the case last season, Big 12 Conference opponents’ post players are having success against the Tigers’ inside defense.

Despite troubles, Kewpies survive

Ugly or not, it’s a win for the Hickman boys’ basketball team.

The Kewpies started strong, but lacked execution in the second half as they defeated Waynesville 62-52 on Saturday at Hickman.

Amos more than hotshot

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, gives some spectators an inaccurate first impression.

His seemingly unlimited shooting range makes labeling him a 3-point specialist easy. He made 12-of-18 3-pointers combined in the Cougars’ Jan. 8 win against Peru State (Neb.) and their defeat of Lyon (Ark.) on Saturday. He scored a career-high 38 points, including 26 in the first half, against Lyon.

Time to make move

The clock is ticking.

At 6-6, the Missouri basketball team’s season’s downward spiral is getting closer to rock bottom.

Tigers not losing respect

Missouri knows all about flattery.

The Tigers jumped to No. 5 in the Associated Press’ preseason poll and to No. 6 in the coaches’ preseason poll. The coaches of the Big 12 Conference picked the Tigers to win the conference, and the AP had the Tigers second. The Tigers’ play in the first 12 games has not been worthy of their preseason acclaim, but you wouldn’t know it judging from opponents’ postgame comments.

Tigers’ slide continues

Disappointment is running deep for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Despite a furious comeback, the Tigers lost to Nebraska 74-69 in a Big 12 Conference matchup Wednesday and what seemed to be a promising season is starting to slip away.

Huskers hold off MU’s late run

Another rally couldn’t save Missouri.

The Missouri women’s basketball lost 74-69 to Nebraska on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in a Big 12 Conference game.

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