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First win gives Kewpies high hopes

It might have been a long road to the wrestling team’s first victory, but Hickman will not have to travel far for its next challenge.

After earning their first dual victory of the season on Tuesday, the Kewpies will host the Hickman Invitational Tournament this weekend. Matches will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 12-team tournament will include Rock Bridge and schools from as far away as Kansas.

Tigers hoping to use track meet as a learning tool

Fans of the Missouri track team should plan to learn some new names today.

The Tigers will host the 15th annual Missouri-Kansas-Kansas State Triangular at 4 p.m. today at Hearnes Center.

The .500 blues

It’s been a long season for the Missouri basketball team. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they are only halfway.

Final Four predictions in the preseason don’t mean anything when the Tigers are 7-7, 2-2 in the Big 12 Conference.

Tigers’ defensive effort a bright spot in defeat

Losses will never make a team feel great about itself, but Missouri’s loss to Texas on Tuesday showed the Tigers they are getting better.

“It was a good loss,” sophomore guard Jimmy McKinney said. “I won’t say it’s a great loss, but I will say it was a good loss because we’ve been pointing out (effort) on the defensive end and making the other team work for everything they want.

Clemons requests transfer

Ricky Clemons, a former Missouri point guard, has requested a transfer to his home state of North Carolina for the rest of his two-year probation.

“He has family there, he’s originally from there and I believe he wants to go to school there,” said John Fougere, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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.

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