It wasn’t the start Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass expected.
After finishing 2003 third in the Big 12 Conference, the highest league ranking in school history, the Tigers were set for another unprecedented season.
Regardless of whether Missouri is ready, the big boys are coming.
Even though the Tigers (6-5, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) have not consistently found their stride offensively or defensively, they have reached a crucial stretch of games. It begins tonight at 8 at Hearnes Center when defending national champion Syracuse meets the Tigers.
KANSAS CITY — Record days from Kansas City’s Priest Holmes and Dante Hall weren’t about to stop Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning from going to his first AFC Championship Game.
More important, the Chiefs’ defense couldn’t stop him, either.
In basketball, there are no style points. Each win counts the same, be it a 30-point blowout or a double-overtime squeaker. When your team is struggling to find a consistent effort, you will take any win you can get.
In desperate need of a victory before moving into a brutal stretch of its schedule, Missouri defeated Texas A&M 82-77 on Saturday at Hearnes Center.
For the first time all season, Arthur Johnson played like Arthur Johnson, and Rickey Paulding played like Rickey Paulding.
After tentative performances and inconsistent play in Missouri’s first 10 games, Johnson and Paulding showed why they are All-American candidates in the Tigers’ 82-77 victory against Texas A&M on Saturday at Hearnes Center.
ST. LOUIS – After all he did, it was only fitting that Jeff Wilkins got the chance to tie, and win, the game. After all his successes it seemed inevitable Wilkins would get the job done.
He came up a couple of feet short.
Before Missouri’s 82-77 win against Texas A&M, junior point guard Randy Pulley had only played five games with the Tigers and only averaged 13.8 minutes per game. That was long enough to impress Missouri coach Quin Snyder.
Pulley made his first start as a Tiger against the Aggies on Saturday. He made it count.
Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior guard, had difficulty sleeping before Saturday’s game with Lyon (Ark.) at the Arena of Southwell Complex. Fortunately for the Cougars, Amos’ game was wide awake.
The Cougars beat the Scots 78-57 on Saturday after Lyon won their previous meeting 67-48 on Nov. 15 in Batesville, Ark.
What was a typically intense and emotional women’s basketball game between Missouri and Kansas turned into an ugly scene after the final buzzer Saturday.
After Kansas’ 55-52 win, a fight broke out at half-court between several players, and eventually coaches from both teams and members of Missouri’s athletic department, including Athletic Director Mike Alden, broke up the fight.
Missouri is having an identity crisis.
Kansas, which has been winless in four games on the road before Saturday, defeated the Tigers 55-52 at Hearnes Center.
In the two weeks since its loss to Republic, Hickman has winning big by keeping its offense democratic. While Amy and Jodi Bolerjack have remained consistent forces offensively, different players have had big games on different night.
On Saturday, it was Kaela Rorvig’s turn.
Glendale was too much for Hickman and Rock Bridge on Friday, winning all but five races.
Glendale defeated Hickman 122-61 and Rock Bridge 127-56 at Hickman High.
Before the running and passing show of Brad Smith, before the Columbia clout of Chase Patton, there was Corby Jones.
And Friday, Jones stood before family, friends and alumni as one of six inductees to the University of Missouri Hall of Fame.
The Missouri offense might have met its match.
The 2-3 zone defense, nemesis of free-flowing offenses, has given the Tigers fits this season.
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.
Almost doesn’t count in wrestling.
K.C. Pescaglia dominated his match but still came up short for Hickman on Thursday.
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 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.
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.
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.