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Bowling over Cyclones

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel knew his team’s motivation to play the worst team in the conference might not be at an optimum level.

So Pinkel thought of 13 reasons a win against Iowa State mattered. He announced the list to his players at a meeting Thanksgiving morning.

Record-setting day for Abron

Zack Abron’s wait is finally over.

After four years of dealing with coaching changes, injuries and competition, Abron became Missouri’s all-time rushing leader against Iowa State on Saturday. Abron finished with 46 yards on 11 carries, passing Brock Olivo’s record of 3,027 yards. Abron has 3,061 yards and can extend the record in Missouri’s bowl game.

Missouri tested in opener

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Most nonconference games against Mid-Continent Conference opponents are guaranteed victories.

Oakland University is not the average mid-major opponent, and Rawle Marshall and Mike Helms are not typical opponents.

Defense key in Tigers’ win

While the Missouri offense was fast asleep for most of the first half, the Tigers’ defense was wide awake.

The defense made the difference in MU’s 45-7 win against Iowa State on Saturday. The Tigers allowed 340 yards, but held the Cyclones to 162 passing yards and forced four turnovers.

Happy returns: James lands in record book

He wasn’t heavily recruited. He wasn’t supposed to make it at this level. He isn’t a big star.

Marcus James is used to taking his place in the background, so Saturday was nothing new.

Edwards, Amos lead Cougars

The underhanded shot has gone the way of the dinosaur, but Aaron Edwards’ unconventional tip-in as time expired gave Columbia College a victory against MidAmerican Nazarene on Saturday.

The Cougars defeated the Pioneers 71-69 in their second game of the Thanksgiving Classic at the Arena at Southwell Complex.

Paulding, Johnson at home vs.Grizzlies

ROCHESTER, Mich. –- For its season-opening game, Missouri’s schedule didn’t allow much time to work out any first-game jitters.

The Tigers not only played in Rochester, Mich., but they also faced a fierce opponent in Oakland University.

Missouri forwards produce top effort

ROCHESTER, Mich. –- Missouri’s power forwards turned in a powerful performance.

Solid play at the position from freshman Linas Kleiza and senior Travon Bryant helped the Tigers to a 90-85 win against Oakland University on Saturday.

Tigers beat Bears

Missouri has overcome adversity most of the season.

On Saturday, the Tigers overcame tightness to defeat Baylor 25-30, 30-28, 30-28, 30-25 in a Big 12 Conference volleyball match at Hearnes Center.

MU rally fails

Missouri suffered its first loss of the season Saturday.

The Tigers lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay 74-66 in the championship of the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.

Tigers eager to begin new season

The wait is almost over.

After 42 days of practice, two scrimmages and two exhibitions, the Missouri men’s basketball team hasn’t played a game that matters. That changes Saturday when the No. 5 Tigers face Oakland University at 5 p.m. in Rochester, Mich.

ISU not what it used to be

The Iowa State Cyclones are hoping someone will look past them.

When Iowa State (2-9, 0-7 Big 12 Conference) plays Missouri at noon Saturday at Memorial Stadium, it will try to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Cyclones won their first two games against Northern Iowa and Ohio, and it is an understatement to say they have struggled since.

Crown on Tigers’ wish list

Missouri coach Cindy Stein likes to win, especially championships.

That is what Missouri will try to do starting today at the Oneida Bingo and Casino Holiday Tournament in Green Bay, Wis.

Ballard coming into own

Khamari Ballard’s basketball career has been a series of adjustments.

He was enrolled in four colleges before signing with Columbia College as a junior.

Bound for home

For most of the Missouri basketball team and its fans, the Tigers’ road to their season-opening game against Oakland University on Saturday is a long and unfamiliar one.

The 675 miles from Hearnes Center to Auburn Hills, Mich., feels like home to seniors and Detroit natives Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson.

Second half sinks Southern

What a difference a half can make.

The Missouri women’s basketball team defeated Southern 79-43 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Cooking not on Tigers’ menu

There are few culinary experts on the Missouri football team. Relatives who usually cook Thanksgiving dinner for the players will have an easier time this year, though.

The team will practice this morning in preparation for its game against Iowa State on Saturday. Afterwards, the team will eat together in the press box around 1 p.m. Unless their family lives near Columbia, players will not be able to go home for Thanksgiving.

Gatorade names QB Patton state’s best

The season is over, but the accolades keep rolling in for Chase Patton.

Gatorade has named Patton, Rock Bridge’s standout quarterback, the Missouri High School Boys’ Football Player of the Year.

Surprising turn to historic run

Zack Abron sounds like a broken record. Fittingly, that suits the tailback who has made a habit of breaking Missouri football records.

Abron, who has broken the career scoring and touchdown records, enters Saturday’s game against Iowa State on the verge of another piece of MU history.

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