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Missouri defeats Kentucky in SEC showdown

By Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – The Missouri Tigers opened up their SEC season with a win against the visiting Kentucky Wildcats 7-2 in their home opener Friday night.

The Tigers got a great outing from freshman pitcher Tori Finucane, who gave up only two runs on nine hits at her first home game for Missouri. The Wildcats also had nine hits in the game, but the Tigers were able to capitalize and comfortably beat the Wildcats.

“Coming out strong in the first inning was great,” Finucane said. “It also helped with that mental aspect of going out there and throwing strikes.”

Entering Friday’s game the top of the lineup for Missouri had been hot.  The trio of Taylor Gadbois, Sami Fagan and Emily Crane combined for 78 hits through 20 games, for an average of 3.9 hits per game.

This trend continued into the bottom of the first inning, when both Gadbois and Crane doubled, as Missouri scored two runs in the inning. All three would get at least one hit in game one against the Wildcats, bringing their combined season total to 83 hits.

“Going out there and getting on base and getting that big one to start it off, that was awesome,” said Crane following the game. “I was excited.”

Missouri continued the scoring in the third inning, with two more runs. Fagan started the inning with a double, and two batters later Angela Randazzo homered to left field, driving in two runs.

The Tigers would add two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. Kentucky would tack on two runs in the last inning, but it would not be enough to climb back.  It was the third win in a row from the Tigers, who were coming off a two game win streak in Evansville, Ind.

“If we can come out tomorrow and Sunday and play the same way, and get the bat on the ball and get that many hits up on the board, we shouldn’t have a problem,” Crane said.

Missouri and Kentucky will play a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Earnest Ross Delivers In The Final Minute, Missouri Stuns Texas A&M

Story by Cody Mroczka
Photos by Michael Losch

Missouri senior guard Earnest Ross (33) tries to block the shot of a Texas A&M shooter. Ross scored seven points that included a pair of game-winning free throws.

Missouri senior guard Earnest Ross (33) tries to block the shot of a Texas A&M shooter. Ross scored seven points that included a pair of game-winning free throws.

COLUMBIA – For the first 38 minutes and 54 seconds, Missouri guard Earnest Ross was hardly noticeable. For the last 66 seconds, Ross was the only player that mattered.

With 1:06 remaining, Ross stepped to the free-throw line with the Missouri Tigers (21-9, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) trailing visiting Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9 SEC) by a score of 54-51 and NCAA Tournament hopes hanging on by a thread. Ross took over from that point, scoring the Tigers final seven points and delivering a much-needed Read more of this post

Kulas shines in final home game as a Tiger, Missouri wins 75-72

Story by Samuel Quintela
Photos by Sam Richmond

Missouri senior forward Bri Kulas (13) attempts a shot against two Ole Miss defenders. Kulis led all scorers with 26 points in the game.

Missouri senior forward Bri Kulas (13) attempts a shot against two Ole Miss defenders. Kulis led all scorers with 26 points in the game.

COLUMBIA- On senior night, Missouri guard Morgan Eye stole the show. In the beginning of the second half, the sophomore hit five 3-pointers in a row to help Missouri secure its second win against the Ole Miss Rebels this season.

“Their motion offense is tough and then you got her running around out there so you got to chase her around,” Ole Miss coach Matt Insell said. “She is a weapon, and anybody who plays them you basically have to face and guard her all over the place and so then you end up playing four on four sometimes, but she is a weapon.”

Ole Miss finished the game with a better field goal percentage, but Missouri’s 48.1 percent 3-point shooting was the key to securing the home win. This is the first time in 14 years that the Tigers won against three ranked teams in a season.

While two of Missouri’s players reached the 1,000 points mark in their careers, Eye and senior Bri Kulas, the win didn’t come easy. The Rebels were able stop the Tigers offense in the first half with strong zone coverage, going into the break with a 34-29 lead.

“I don’t think that for one minute tonight we thought that we were going to lose this game, we were very confident,” Eye said. “Coach came in at halftime and said ‘did anyone had fun?’ and no one raised their hand. We really wanted to come out, play a little more loose, have a little fun and we did that.”

 

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What To Expect When the Tigers Visit Athens

By: Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – The Missouri men’s basketball team will travel to Athens, GA on Tuesday to play the Georgia Bulldogs.

Both Missouri (19-8, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) and Georgia (15-11, 9-5 SEC) were in action on Saturday with the Tigers losing to Alabama and the Bulldogs defeating South Carolina.

Before heading to Georgia on Monday, Missouri coach Frank Haith and guard Earnest Ross met with media members to discuss the upcoming matchup. (Length: 2:27)

Missouri Stumbles In Tuscaloosa, Back On The Bubble

By: Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Levi Randolph got hot and never cooled off.

The Alabama junior guard started the game on the bench, but by the end of the first half he had poured in 19 points against the visiting Missouri Tigers.

Randolph came into the contest averaging just eight points a game. He had scored just 24 points in Alabama’s last seven games before lighting up Missouri for a career-high 33 points on Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

The 6-foot-5-inch swingman poured in an impressive 11 of 17 shots, which included five of seven shooting from behind the 3-point line in the 80-73 victory.

After taking an early 16-15 lead, the Tigers fell behind and trailed 42-35 at the end of the first half. Had it not been for guard Earnest Ross, who finished with a team high 25 points, the Missouri loss would have been much worse. As leading scorers Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown struggled to score offensively in the first half, Ross’ 13 points kept the Tigers hanging around. Brown would pick up the scoring in the second half, scoring 16 of his 23 points, but it wasn’t enough to complete a comeback.

Despite outrebounding the Crimson Tide 36-24, the Tigers could do little to slow down Randolph and his teammates. Alabama shot 57 percent and made 10 3-pointers, compared to the Tigers who shot 47 percent and made five 3-pointers.

Missouri struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm while turning the ball over 16 times. Four of the turnovers came from Clarkson, who also had a tough night shooting the ball. He finished four of 15 for 14 points.

The Tigers foiled attempt for a comeback came from the inability to get defensive stops down the stretch. Whenever Alabama needed a bucket with the Tigers crawling back, Randolph or fellow guard Travis Releford delivered. The duo combined to score 24 of the Crimson Tide’s 38 second half points.

“The leaders of our team, Jabari and Jordan, those guys have got to defend,” Missouri coach Frank Haith told reporters after the game.

With four crucial games remaining before the SEC Tournament, the Tigers will likely be back on the NCAA Tournament bubble next week. This loss definitely hurts Missouri’s chances, but a strong finish to the regular season combined with a good performance in the conference tournament could still get them in. Missouri travels to Georgia on Tuesday and looks to avenge its previous loss to the Bulldogs earlier this season at home.

 

Missouri overcomes first half shooting troubles, beats Vanderbilt 67-64

Story by: Cody Mroczka
Photos by: Michael Losch

Missouri forward Torren Jones (24) attempts a shot over a Vanderbilt defender. Jones finished the game with four points, four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes of action for the Tigers.

Missouri forward Torren Jones (24) attempts a shot over a Vanderbilt defender. Jones finished the game with four points, four rebounds and three steals in 18 minutes of action for the Tigers.

COLUMBIA – It wasn’t pretty.

Shots kept falling short, more than a couple missing everything. The ones too long clanked off the rim and bounced in every direction. What seemed like routine passes, tipped off fingers and landed out of bounds. It wasn’t the defense, just an off night for both teams.

For the first half between Missouri (19-7, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) and Vanderbilt (14-11, 6-7 SEC), it seemed like neither team was going to make it to 50 points on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. The Commodores led 21-20 going into the break. The 20 points were the lowest the Tigers had scored in a half all season.

“I didn’t expect to hold them to 20 in the half,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings semi-joked. “I’ve seen us get 21, Read more of this post

Mizzou ends signing day with depth at receiver, defensive back

By Ryan Shiner

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel talks with reporters about the 28 recruits Missouri signed during National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Ryan Shiner.

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel talks with reporters about the 28 recruits Missouri signed during National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Ryan Shiner.

The recruiting period for next year’s incoming freshman class is now complete, and Missouri football walked away with 28 recruits.

The two most abundant positions for this year’s incoming class are wide receiver and defensive back each with six signees. According to coach Gary Pinkel, Missouri had a specific amount of players it wanted at these positions.

“We had a number we want to hit in every position and hit every number,” Pinkel said. “If you look at our receiving core, we were losing some high level players (this year) and some more players next year.”

Receivers coach Pat Washington explained why the number of receiver recruits is higher this year. Read more of this post

QB Franklin looking forward to chance for redemption against Oklahoma State

Bowl game reunites Mizzou and a Big 12 team

By The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas —Missouri quarterback James Franklin remembers exactly what happened the only time he faced Oklahoma State when the two teams were still Big 12 rivals two years ago.

“We lost and I had three picks, two of them were tipped, one perfectly into a defensive lineman’s hands,” Franklin said. “But I did make the tackle.”

Franklin gets another chance against the Cowboys in his final college game. The No. 9 Tigers (11-2), the Southeastern Conference East champion in their second season in the league, play No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m.

A year after Texas A&M completed its first SEC season with a win over Oklahoma at the Dallas Cowboys’ massive stadium, there is another Big 12 reunion in the Cotton Bowl. Missouri plays the border-state rival that also used to be in the Big Eight Conference, and the first Big 12 team it has faced since switching leagues.

“It definitely brings a little bit more to the rivalry, them leaving the Big 12 and playing them again,” Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey said. “You definitely feel the rivalry there.”

Oklahoma State won the last three meetings in the series, including that 45-24 victory on the road in October 2011. Franklin was 14 of 27 passing for 184 yards, a touchdown and the three interceptions, along with a 31-yard catch, while current Mizzou running back Henry Josey ran for 138 yards on 25 carries.

The Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC a few months later, and had their first losing season (5-7) in eight years in their first year in the new league. They won only two conference games in 2012.

Picked this preseason to finish sixth in the seven-team SEC East, their only losses were in double overtime to No. 8 South Carolina and in the SEC championship game against No. 2 Auburn. They can become only the second 12-win team at Missouri with a victory in the Cotton Bowl.

“We’re having a great year, but I think to win this bowl game would basically put the stamp on what this team has done for Mizzou,” receiver L’Damian Washington said. “It just proved Mizzou can compete in the SEC. Last year people said Mizzou had no business going to the SEC, and this year to win the SEC East in our second year, that says something.”

SEC teams have won nine of the last 10 Cotton Bowls, all over Big 12 teams. The lone exception was in 2008, when Missouri, then in the Big 12, beat Arkansas 38-7 to cap its only 12-win season.

“It’s pretty cool being able to play against them,” Franklin said. “We have a little chip on our shoulder, and I’m sure they do too since we were in the Big 12, and now we’ve left. I think it’s going to be really exciting.”

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert said the Tigers seem to be playing a lot harder as a team in the SEC, while still balanced on offense and defense.

Cowboys linebacker Shawn Lewis, who had one of the interceptions in 2011, admits that it “does add a little flair to the situation” with Missouri having come from the Big 12 and now having success in the SEC.

“We have a bunch of these guys, all my seniors were playing, and their guys were playing, Franklin and Josey and the senior offensive line, they were all sophomores. They were pretty good on offense, and we were pretty good on defense,” Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “I think it’s a good dynamic of this game, from that side of the ball, and my side of the ball. We’ve all gotten better. Let’s see what happens.

Mizzou hangs on to beat West Virginia 80-71

Story by The Associated Press
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Jordan Clarkson (5) shoots over Juwan Staten in the first half. Clarkson finished with 25 points.

Jordan Clarkson (5) shoots over Juwan Staten in the first half. Clarkson finished with 25 points.

COLUMBIA —For 34 minutes, Missouri shut down West Virginia’s prolific 3-point offense.

Then Missouri lost its focus, according to guard Jordan Clarkson.

The Tigers won 80-71, but only after surviving a late 17-5 run by the Mountaineers. The scare gives Missouri (8-0) something to work on as its welcomes 18th-ranked UCLA to Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

“I think we allowed them to get into the paint,” coach Frank Haith said. “We gave up some broken plays where we weren’t back setting our defense. They had some plays where we bobbled some loose rebounds, and they stuck it in.”

The Tigers also opted to try to score after grabbing offensive rebounds, rather than working the ball to the perimeter to burn time.

West Virginia (6-3) settled for making 42 percent of its shots after entering the game averaging 85.1 points and shooting nearly 50 percent. The team only made eight of 29 shots in the first half.

“We didn’t score seemingly for about an hour and a half,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “So I would say we probably shot ourselves in the foot. Or blew our heads off.”

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Mizzou captures SEC East crown, will face Auburn in championship game

No. 5 Missouri 28, No. 19 Texas A&M 21

Story by The Associated Press
Photo by Karen Mitchell

Henry Josey (20) avoids a tackle on his way to the winning touchdown Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, against Texas A&M in Columbia.

Henry Josey (20) avoids a tackle on his way to the winning touchdown Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, against Texas A&M in Columbia.

COLUMBIA—Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.

The senior running back’s legs produced the go-ahead score in a win that put the fifth-ranked Tigers in the SEC championship game.

“Those guys were 5 yards away from me before I could even get close to them,” Josey said of his breakaway 57-yard run that helped Missouri wrap up the SEC East with a 28-21 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night. “A big hole opened up and I took it.”

Max Copeland celebrates at midfield after Missouri's win.

Max Copeland celebrates at midfield after Missouri’s win.

Missouri (11-1, 7-1 SEC) advances to the Southeastern Conference championship game against Auburn — a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season. Missouri has made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season and fourth-ranked Auburn (11-1, 7-1) has topped last year’s total by eight after stunning No. 1 Alabama.

“This tells everybody in the whole United States that Mizzou’s the real deal,” said wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. “Last year was just last year. Read more of this post

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