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The year that was: Awards for alumni, basketball teams off to slow start in 2014

Part two of two parts
Part one

By Darren Hellwege

Yesterday we took a look at Missouri sports highlights from January to June. Today we finish Darren Hellwege’s look at the year.

 

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps to kill a ball in the fourth set. Kan had a team-high of 12 kills with a .195 hitting percentage in the match.

Outside hitter Carly Kan jumps for a kill during a 2014 match. Kan earned a spot on the All American team.

July

Bruce Walker announces his retirement as offensive line coach. It was an inopportune time to be changing coaches, but Mizzou caught a break as Walker was replaced by Tiger alum and Illinois assistant coach A.J. Ricker.

  • Michael Sam receives the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, giving an emotional acceptance speech at the ESPY awards presentation.
  • Tiger alum Max Scherzer of Detroit gets the win for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game. Scherzer is now a much-coveted free agent.
  • Veteran coach Marc Burns takes over Mizzou Cross Country.
  • Women tennis player Alex Clark is named to the ITA All-Academic team.

 

August

Nationally recognized pitching guru Doug Gillis joins the softball coaching staff. Gillis, one of the great softball players in US history, has been associated unofficially with Mizzou for some time and is noted for his work with Chelsea Thomas. Read more of this post

The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

By Darren Hellwege

It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.

January

The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.

Also in January:

  • The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
  • Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
  • MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
  • Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
  • Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
  • In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas

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D’Angelo Allen ready to play his role for Mizzou

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Missouri’s D’Angelo Allen (5) tries to knkock the ball away from Xavier’s Brandon Randolph on Dec. 13, 2014 in Columbia. Allen scored 8 points in 11 minutes of play.

Missouri’s D’Angelo Allen (5) tries to knock the ball away from Xavier’s Brandon Randolph on Dec. 13, 2014 in Columbia. Allen scored 8 points in 11 minutes of play.

Effort is something that every coach asks for: whether you’re the best player on the roster or the worst, you can always put in the effort to improve. KBIA Sports’ Tim Leible tells how Missouri’s D’Angelo Allen has translated effort into minutes on the court and points on the stat sheet.

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Xavier Spoils Gant’s Mizzou Debut

Wes Clark (15) shoots a three in the corner over Xavier’s Myles Davis (15) on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clark didn’t have much impact offensively, as he scored three points off the bench for the Tigers.

Wes Clark (15) shoots a three in the corner over Xavier’s Myles Davis (15) on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Clark didn’t have much impact offensively, as he scored three points off the bench for the Tigers.

Story by Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports
Photos by Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — A season of learning through losing continued for the Missouri Tigers in a 74-58 loss Saturday afternoon to Xavier.

Guard Dee Davis led the Musketeers with 17 points. Johnathan Williams III also put in 17 to pace the Tigers. The highlight of the first half for the Tigers was freshman Jakeenan Gant making his freshman debut. Gant had been held out by the university due to questions about his eligibility.

“We’re thrilled to have him back on our basketball team,” head coach Kim Anderson said.

Gant finished the game with 13 points, shooting four of eight from the floor. He also had two blocks and a steal in his 15 minutes of action. Missouri coach Kim Anderson said Gant provided a much-needed boost to a struggling first-half offense.

“Jakeenan coming in and making a shot, I thought that really picked up our guys,” he said.

“He’s relentless,” guard Keith Shamburger said.

Missouri played in front of 7,854, its largest home crowd of the season. The fans at Mizzou Arena crowd gave Read more of this post

Big first half gives Missouri a 76-71 win over Elon

Missouri’s Keith Shamburger (14, hidden) draws a key foul on Elon’s Tony Sabato (15, hidden) as Missouri’s Montaque Gill-Caesar (13) and Johnathan Williams III (3 in white, hidden) and Elon’s Kevin Blake (11), Ryan Winters (32) and Tanner Samson (3 in red, hidden) look on.

Missouri’s Keith Shamburger (14, hidden) draws a key foul on Elon’s Tony Sabato (15, hidden) as Missouri’s Montaque Gill-Caesar (13) and Johnathan Williams III (3 in white, hidden) and Elon’s Kevin Blake (11), Ryan Winters (32) and Tanner Samson (3 in red, hidden) look on.

Story By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports
Photos by Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

The Missouri Tigers had their best first half of the season en route to a 76-71 win over Elon. Missouri held a 46-27 lead at the half and shot lights out. As a team, they made 59.1 percent of their first-half shot attempts and went 6-9 from behind the arc.

On the other hand, Elon had a horrific first half. Despite being a team known for their offense, Elon shot only 24.2 percent from the field in the first half. The Missouri

defense forced poor shot attempts all half, leading Elon to only make eight baskets.

The second half, however, was almost detrimental to the Tigers.

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Pinkel named SEC football coach of the year

Missouri Tigers pull in multiple team, individual awards

Gary Pinkel

Gary Pinkel

Gary Pinkel has been named coach of the year for the Southeastern Conference, topping off a week filled with awards for the team.

Additional individual awards were given to Shane Ray for defensive player of the year and Marcus Murphy for special team player of the year.

The Tigers finished the year with a 7-1 conference record and 10-3 overall record. Missouri finished as the Eastern Division champions but lost to Alabama on Saturday for the conference championship, 42-13.

Pinkel was named coach of the year in 2007 when Missouri was part of the Big 12 Conference. According to a news release from the university, three other coaches have received coach of the year honors: Al Onofrio in 1972, Warren Powers in 1983 and Larry Smith in1997.

Both Ray and Murphy made first team All SEC, announced earlier this week.

This year Ray, a junior from Kansas City, Missouri, set a school record for quarterback sacks with 14 as part of his award-winning season. He also racked up 21 tackles for loss and 61 tackles for the year, putting him third in the nation.

Murphy, a senior from DeSoto, Texas, was honored as an all-purpose back and for his special teams play. According to the news release Murphy has scored a touchdown in all four all-purpose categories: rushing (4) kick-off returns (2) and one each in punt returns and receiving.

Missouri will face Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.

MISSOURI FOOTBALL CONFERENCE AWARDS
Gary Pinkel  — Coach of the Year
Marcus Murphy — Special Teams Player of the Year
Shane Ray — Defensive Player of the Year
First Team All-SEC Second Team All-SEC
OFFENSE OFFENSE
TE –   Evan Engram, Ole Miss TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL –   Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M OL – Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
         La’el Collins, LSU        Ben Beckwith, Mississippi State
           Arie Kouandjio, Alabama        Vadal Alexander, LSU
           A.J. Cann, South Carolina        Mitch Morse, Missouri
C –     Reese Dismukes, Auburn C – Max Garcia, Florida
WR –   Amari Cooper, Alabama WR – Bud Sasser, Missouri
           Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina          Sammie Coates, Auburn
QB –   Dak Prescott, Mississippi State QB – Blake Sims, Alabama
RB –   Nick Chubb, Georgia RB – Josh Robinson, Mississippi State
           Cameron Artis-Payne, Auburn          T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
AP – Marcus Murphy, Missouri      AP – Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
DEFENSE DEFENSE
DL – Shane Ray, Missouri DL – Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
           Preston Smith, Mississippi State          Trey Flowers, Arkansas
           Dante Fowler, Florida          Derek Barnett, Tennessee
           Bud Dupree, Kentucky          Markus Golden, Missouri
LB –   Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State LB – Amarlo Herrera, Georgia
         Martrell Spaight, Arkansas        Ramik Wilson, Georgia
         Trey DePriest, Alabama        Antonio Morrison, Florida
DB – Landon Collins, Alabama          Braylon Webb, Missouri
           Senquez Golson, Ole Miss Jonathan Jones, Auburn
           Vernon Hargreaves, Florida          Damian Swann, Georgia
           Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss          Jonathon Mincy, Auburn
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIAL TEAMS
PK – Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky PK – Elliott Fry, South Carolina
P –   JK Scott, Alabama P – Jamie Keehn, LSU
RS – Marcus Murphy, Missouri RS – Quan Bray, Auburn

Keith Shamburger’s long road to Missouri

 

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Keith Shamburger (14) tries to find space against Alec Peters (25) and Darien Walker (5) of Valparaiso in their matchup on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2014. Shamburger is a redshirt senior who played for both San Jose State and Hawaii before making his way to Missouri.

Keith Shamburger (14) tries to find space against Alec Peters (25) and Darien
Walker (5) of Valparaiso in their matchup on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Shamburger is a redshirt senior who played for both San Jose State and Hawaii before making his way to Missouri.

The University of Missouri wasn’t the first collegiate home for everyone on the men’s basketball team. Several have transferred from across the country, but none more than Keith Shamburger. Shamburger, a redshirt senior, is now on his third college team and it has been a long ride. KBIA Sports Tim Leible tells the story of how Shamburger found a home in Columbia.

Shane Ray headlines seven Missouri All-SEC selections

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

For the second-straight year, a Missouri defensive lineman will take home the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray took advantage of his first year as a starter, leading the SEC with 14 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. Ray follows in former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam’s shoes after Sam won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013.

This is the second time a team has won back-to-back defensive player of the year awards, the other instance being LSU in 2010 and 2011.

Ray headlines a list of seven Missouri players selected to the 2014 AP All-SEC team. Read more of this post

Alabama overpowers Mizzou in 42-13 win

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Photos by Joe Trezza, KBIA Sports

ATLANTA — There was tension in the Georgia Dome with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship between Missouri and Alabama.

Despite losing defensive end Shane Ray to an ejection in the second quarter, and despite its defense allowing three first-half touchdowns, Missouri managed to whittle Alabama’s lead down to eight points with 4:37 to play in the third period when kicker Andrew Baggett’s 33-yard field goal made it 21-13.

Scores of Alabama fans returned to their seats, their “Roll Tide” chants ceasing for the first time all game. The pocket of gold among the sea of crimson seemed to come alive, finally having something to cheer for. Missouri had fought back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a one-possession game, and maybe it could take down mighty Alabama.

As it turned out the tension was fleeting. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdown drives that combined to cover 154 yards on 18 plays and rolled to a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri (10-3, 7-2).

“They answered,” head coach Gary Pinkel said. “They did what you’ve got to do. That to me was two statement drives from their standpoint.” Read more of this post

Clark suspended indefinitely; Tigers win close game with SEMO 65-61

Montaque Gill-Caesar brings the ball up in transition in the second half against Southeast Missouri on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Gill-Caesar had a huge second half for the Tigers, scoring 13 of his 15 points after halftime.

Montaque Gill-Caesar brings the ball up in transition in the second half against Southeast Missouri on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Gill-Caesar had a huge second half for the Tigers, scoring 13 of his 15 points after halftime.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Tigers were without starting point guard Wes Clark Tuesday night, but still were able to sneak away with a victory over Southeastern Missouri 65-61.

Anderson said Clark has been suspended indefinitely for violating team guidelines, but refused to comment further.

In Clark’s absence, Keith Shamburger had an expanded role and he took advantage.

In 39 minutes, he scored 11 points. Efficiency was Read more of this post

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