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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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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

Carly Kan earns SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year award

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Missouri outside hitter Carly Kan was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, sharing the award with Florida libero Holly Pole and Texas A&M middle blocker Shelby Sullivan.

In the classroom, Kan has a 3.88 GPA in accounting. On the court, the sophomore has a .208 hitting percentage and has a team-best of 400 kills. She has racked up 370 digs so far and her kills-digs combination (770) is best in the nation. With her 400 kills, Kan is the first Tiger sophomore to achieve that statistic since Lisa Henning in 2011.

This is the second year-end SEC volleyball award for Kan. Last year, she was named Freshman of the Year.

Florida’s Pole has a 3.50 GPA in accounting and sports management. Her 0.39 service aces average is second in the SEC. Texas A&M’s Sullivan earned a 3.85 GPA in marketing. She is hitting .384, which is ranked seventh in the SEC.

The Tigers lost to Alabama Wednesday night 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12) at the Hearnes Center. Kan led all players with 24 digs. She also had 18 kills on .340 hitting. The Tigers end the season with a 7-11 conference record and an overall record of 16-17.

Missouri Women’s Soccer Returns to NCAAs, Renews Border War

by Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

After failing to make the postseason tournament last year, the Missouri Tiger women’s soccer team posted an 11-6-3 record to earn the sixth NCAA tournament birth in program history.

Missouri last appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2012 but fell to Illinois in penalty kicks. Missouri now returns to the tournament to take on a familiar foe, the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Tigers last squared off against the Jayhawks in 2011, when Missouri scored three goals in the final six minutes to take a dramatic 3-2 victory.

The Tigers trail in the overall series 9-10-1 but have also won the last three against the Jayhawks.

The Tigers have knocked off four teams that also earned NCAA tournament bids this season, all from the Southeastern Conference. Missouri has beaten Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas.

Missouri faces Kansas Sunday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas at 1 p.m.

Missouri cornerback Aarion Penton arrested for marijuana possession

Aarion Penton

Aarion Penton

Missouri starting cornerback Aarion Penton was arrested early Friday morning for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Penton was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Friday at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Rollins Street by Columbia police.

Team spokesman Chad Moller confirmed that Penton has been suspended indefinitely following the arrest. The Tigers have a bye this week and it is unclear if Penton will be re-instated in time for Missouri’s game against Texas A&M on November 15.

Penton was also arrested for possession of marijuana in March along with another football player and two Missouri basketball players.

Penton, a sophomore from CBC High School in St. Louis, has started all nine games for Missouri. He has 26 tackles, five pass break ups and two interceptions on the year.

Missouri is already without starting safety Braylon Webb for the first half against Texas A&M after Webb was ejected for targeting in Missouri’s win against Kentucky last week.

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Fall sports are winding down, basketball just getting started for Mizzou

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

As KBIA moves into pledge drive mode, it’s a crazy busy week for me, but here are a few random thoughts on several issues related to Mizzou sports.

FOOTBALL: Tigers getting defensive

Throughout the Pinkel Renaissance in Missouri football, Tiger teams have tended to win with outstanding offense and a defense that was good enough to win most of the time. It’s interesting to see a different style of winning this year with as the Tigers have struggled on offense but have won with great play by the defense. Most people are scratching their heads wondering how the Tigers could be 7-2 and in first place in the SEC East, but it’s not a complicated answer—defense.

And it’s not just the line, although as Shane Ray’s sack record is celebrated it’s obvious the line is the strength of this Read more of this post

Missouri’s Shane Ray Wins SEC Lineman of the Week Award Honors for a Third Time

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) is pressured by Missouri’s Shane Ray on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Ray shacked Towles twice in the 20-10 Missouri win and on Monday was named SEC defensive player of the week. Ray now holds the single season record for sacks with 12. The old record was 11.5. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles (14) is pressured by Missouri’s Shane Ray on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Ray shacked Towles twice in the 20-10 Missouri win and on Monday was named SEC defensive player of the week. Ray now holds the single season record for sacks with 12. The old record was 11.5. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

For the third time in five weeks, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray has earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

This time around Ray was rewarded for his two-sack, one pass-break-up effort in Missouri’s 20-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

Both of Ray’s sacks came on fourth down to turn possession over to the Tigers. His last takedown of Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles in the waning moments of the game gave Ray Missouri’s single season sack record.

The senior out from Kansas City has 12 sacks on the year and with four or potentially five games to go, Ray could add to his lead over former greats Michael Sam and Aldon Smith, who held the previous record of 11.5 sacks.

Saturday marked the fifth two-sack game of the season for Ray, who leads the SEC in both sacks (12) and tackles for loss (16). Nationally, he ranks second and third in those respective categories.

Ray was also named one of 20 semifinalists for the 20th Chuck Benarik Award earlier in the day. The award is presented to the most outstanding defensive player in college football, as judged by the Maxwell Football Club. No Missouri player has ever won the award.

Johnson, Russell and the Clark sisters are All-SEC

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Four members of the Missouri soccer team received end of the year awards from the Southeastern Conference, following the Tigers’ fourth place finish in the regular season.

Midfielder Kaysie Clark was named first-team All-SEC for the second consecutive season. The award is just another to the list of accolades for the Liberty, Missouri, native. Clark was also named to the Big 12 Conference All-Newcomer team during her freshman year in 2011. She tallied a team-leading 16 points in her final season as a Tiger, scoring three Read more of this post

Texas A&M defeats Mizzou 3-1

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Libero Sarah Meister misses an incoming ball. The Tigers lost 3-1 to Texas A&M as they struggled to maintain their solid first set performance Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

The Missouri volleyball team lost to Texas A&M 3-1 (25-17, 13-25, 13-25, 16-25) Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. They are now 14-12 overall and 5-6 in SEC.

The Tigers put together a strong outing in the first set. After jostling with the Aggies for the lead, the Tigers pulled ahead after the 11-11 mark. They went on a 6-2 run to lead the Aggies 17-13. Slowly the Tigers built their lead and clinched the set. The Tigers hit .515 with 19 kills.

The reverse happened in the second set. Both teams were battling it out in the beginning of the second set, but Texas A&M slowly stretched and increased its lead to double digits. They tied the match with the second set win.

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