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Intensity returns

A statistic that won’t show up in too many box scores but will make Missouri coach Quin Snyder smile reads: Travon Bryant, two 5-second violations forced.

It was that type of effort and energy that propelled Bryant and the Tigers to a 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday at Hearnes Center. The win stops the Tigers’ three-game losing streak, a stretch filled with inconsistent efforts.

Different lineup lifts Missouri

When Missouri set up for Saturday’s tip-off against Iowa, 13,611 fans did a doubletake.

Rickey Paulding, Travon Bryant and Jimmy McKinney started for the ninth straight game. Sophomore Kevin Young and freshman Thomas Gardner were the Tigers drawing befuddled stares.

Guard play keys victory

Finding a consistent point guard has been a focus of the Missouri coaching staff early this season. Lacking a steady performer there, the offense had been inconsistent and often relied on one player to take control of the game.

The Tigers are beginning to find what they had been missing: Jimmy McKinney and Randy Pulley combined for six assists and no turnovers in Missouri’s 76-56 win against Iowa on Saturday.

Career scoring high helps Saxon earn MVP

In a game with few fouls, it’s hard to imagine someone nicknamed “Slinky” dominating, but that’s exactly what Nahowan Saxon did on Saturday night.

Saxon was named the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic men’s Most Valuable Player after Columbia College’s 61-50 win against Brescia (Ky.) at the Arena of Southwell Complex. Saxon scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting. He also made all five of his field goals in Friday’s 75-47 victory against St. Mary (Kan.).

Shots fall for Bruins vs. Tigers

Rock Bridge’s used accurate 3-point shooting to overcome a larger Oakville team Saturday in the first game of the 2004 MFA Oil Break Time Shootout.

The Bruins gained the early lead on a Demond Thorpe 3-pointer about a minute in and held onto it for another 31 minutes to defeat the Tigers 57-53 at Hearnes Center.

Cougars take advantage of time off to win Friday matchups

The Columbia College men’s and women’s basketball teams hadn’t played since a few days before Christmas, but their time off was clearly well spent.

Iowa will test Tigers’ resolve

It probably didn’t bother the Missouri men’s basketball team when 2003 ended and 2004 began.

Recent on-court struggles as well as an NCAA investigation of the program have made it a forgettable year for the No. 23 Tigers (4-4). The Tigers get a chance to begin anew, to some degree, when they host Iowa at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Tigers focused on future

SHREVEPORT, La. – Before the Independence Bowl had ended, even before it had started, the Missouri football team found it hard not to think about the future.

Striving to be their best

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year, even the Missouri women’s basketball team.

The Tigers play Miami (Ohio) at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. It will be the first meeting between the Tigers (7-2) and the RedHawks (6-4).

Coaches tout worthy cause

Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, and Mike Davis, the Cougars’ women’s coach, love to win and hate to lose, but this weekend’s second annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic is about more than wins and losses.

Burchard and Davis started the Classic last season because of a common concern. They both knew friends, family members and Columbia College faculty members who with cancer.

Miscues sink MU chances for win

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Gary Pinkel has made his name as a coach who preaches discipline and mistake-free football.

That’s why this one hurt so badly.

Razorbacks’ Cobb gets another MVP

SHREVEPORT, La. –- Cedric Cobbs started and finished his Arkansas career on top.

Cobbs, a senior tailback, rushed for 141 yards and one touchdown in Arkansas’ 27-14 victory against Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday.

Slow start hampers Smith

SHREVEPORT, La. -– The introduction to ESPN’s broadcast declared the Independence Bowl the beginning of Brad Smith’s Heisman Trophy campaign.

The campaign was a little slow getting off the ground, but senior wide receiver Darius Outlaw said it’s only getting started.

Momentum changes in a snap

SHREVEPORT, La. –- For Zach Strom, staying perfect turned out to be too good to be true.

Strom, Missouri’s junior deep snapper, had never made a game-day mistake before Wednesday. In the second quarter, Strom’s first miscue appeared to unleash Arkansas.

Special teams anything but for Missouri

SHREVEPORT, La. -– Special teams don’t need to be special for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, but they need to be reliable.

Missouri didn’t accomplish that Wednesday. The Tigers made numerous special-teams blunders in their 27-14 loss to Arkansas.

Slow start baffling Missouri

Missouri had prepared for Belmont.

The Tigers had watched film. They had reviewed scouting reports. They had practiced hard, but despite the preparatory homework, the Tigers were a confused bunch after their disappointing 71-67 home loss to the Bruins on Tuesday night.

5 Keys Answered: Independence Bowl

1 The Missouri defense has to flush Arkansas quarterback Ryan Sorahan out of the pocket and keep quarterback Matt Jones in it. Sorahan has a strong arm and Jones excels with his legs.

Sorahan was able to stand in and complete all three passes he attempted in his one series, and Jones was able to get out and run. Jones gained 74 yards on seven carries and was tough to bring down in the secondary.

Both sides’ runners sparkle

SHREVEPORT, La. -– As expected, Missouri and Arkansas did what they do best: They ran the ball. They ran it a lot.

The Razorbacks and Tigers, ranked seventh and eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game in the regular season, combined for 552 rushing yards, the most in Independence Bowl history.

3-for-all: Bruins shock Tigers

Preventing the open 3-pointer and avoiding defensive lapses at key times have plagued Missouri all season.

Those problems caused the Tigers to lose two straight heading into Tuesday’s game, and they continued.

Zeroed in on nine

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Independence Bowl doesn’t mean anything to the Missouri football team. It means everything.

The Tigers haven’t been to a bowl since the 1998 Bowl, so it would make sense if they were just happy to be involved. They could have easily come to Shreveport, enjoyed the gifts the bowl gives them and taken in the sights.