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Archive for January, 2013

 By KRISTIE RIEKEN
     COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Texas A&M followed its big win at Kentucky with two straight losses, and the young team is trying to get back on track when it travels to LSU on Wednesday.
     The Aggies need to string some wins together in Southeastern Conference play to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
     A&M is trying to bounce back from last year’s 14-18 season that snapped a streak of six straight appearances in the NCAA tournament. The Aggies fell apart in Big 12 play, going 4-14.
     They’re 12-5 this season and already have two conference wins, beating Arkansas and Kentucky to start their first season in the SEC and extend their winning streak to four games. They were then blown out by No. 8 Florida and lost by one point to Alabama.
 By KURT VOIGT
     FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – One of BJ Young’s reasons for returning to Arkansas for his sophomore year was to improve as a playmaker.
     The Razorbacks’ guard has done just that, nearly doubling his assists total while facing defenses that are geared to stop the talented scorer.
     Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2 Southeastern Conference), Young is fourth in the SEC in assists at 4.2 per game. That’s up from the 2.3 assists he averaged last season, when he led Arkansas (11-6, 2-2) in scoring at 15.3 points per game.
     The 6-foot-3 Young once again leads the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game, third-best in the SEC. It’s his role, however, as an offensive facilitator – including a season-high nine assists earlier this season against Alabama A&M – that coach Mike Anderson has stressed and noticed.
 By LUKE MEREDITH
     DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – There were few bright spots for Iowa last season as the Hawkeyes stumbled to their worst record in more than a decade.
     The struggles didn’t include the play of cornerback Micah Hyde.
     Hyde closed out a stellar career by being named the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year for 2012.
     The three-year starter at cornerback is perhaps Iowa’s most promising NFL prospect this spring.
     Hyde has good size for a cornerback at 6-foot-1 and just over 190 pounds, and he’s got plenty of positive game film for scouts to pore over dating to 2009. But Hyde has a lot of work ahead of him over the next three months, so he’s signed up with the TEST Football Academy in San Diego to prepare for the scouting combine and April draft.

The Missouri State-West Plains Grizzlies return home tonight for their first Region 16 game on the Civic Center court this season. State Fair Community College will be the opponent.

The Grizzlies have split their first two region games, both on the road. They held on at Three Rivers Saturday for an 81-78 win.

State Fair has been up and down this year. They are currently 14-6 overall, 1-1 in the region, but just 7-6 against Division 1 teams.

Grizzlies coach Yancey Walker talks about the Roadrunners.

After tonight’s game, broadcast live on 102.5, KKDY, and kkdy.com, the Grizzlies will host one of the mid-west’s better prep teams, the Quakerdale Prep Eagles from Iowa, Friday night. This is a schedule change. Quakerdale is taking the place of Pulaski Tech on the schedule.

The West Plains High School 9th grade basketball team won the championship in the Willow Springs tournament this past weekend.

The team won against Ava and Mountain Grove.

     AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Two masked men robbed the suburban Denver home of New England Patriots defensive back Derrick Martin while he was playing in the AFC championship game.
     Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania told The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/11MqlEa ) that the robbers forced their way into Martin’s home Sunday night when there was at least one adult and several children there.
     He says they took numerous items, but no one was hurt.
     Investigators don’t know if Martin was targeted.
     Martin attended Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School and played football at the University of Wyoming.
     STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Supporters of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno are marking the 1-year anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil.
     The Hall of Fame coach died of lung cancer on Jan. 22, 2012, at age 85. On Tuesday, supporters are holding a vigil at a mural in State College that includes a depiction of Paterno. A family spokesman has said the Paternos would not take part.
     Organizers say they will light 409 candles, one for each of Paterno’s victories before 111 were stripped as part of NCAA sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
     Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse and is serving a lengthy prison sentence. His arrest tarnished Penn State’s storied football program and led to Paterno’s firing.

Jan. 21, 2013

(Poplar Bluff)  After dominating the first twenty minutes Saturday at Poplar Bluff, the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies took their foot off the gas peddle, and it nearly cost them the game. But a last second defensive stand gave the Grizzlies an 81-78 Region 16 win over the Three Rivers Raiders in front of a frenzied crowd at the Bess Activity Center.

The win evens MSU-West Plains at 1-1 in region play while the Raiders fell to 0-4.

After falling behind 5-0 to start the game, the Grizzlies broke lose from an 8-8 tie and raced to a 46-27 halftime lead. The Grizzlies dominated the rebounding while Three Rivers played without their star, 6-9 sophomore Ibrahim Djambo, for the last 9 minutes of the first half after picking up his third foul.

Jonathan Tshibuy and Keaton Jackson set the pace for the Grizzlies. Jackson, a 6-9 sophomore from Vancouver, Washington, had a double-double finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. But the star of the game was freshman Jonathan Tshibuy, who also recorded a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds.

The Raiders stormed back in the second half on the play of reserve guards Eli Sample and Ayinde Spreewell, who combined for 31 points.

The Grizzly lead, which was 20 early in the second half, got smaller and smaller, and was finally reduced to 3 with 10 seconds to go in the game. But the Grizzly defense locked down and prevented a last second shot from drawing iron and the win was in the books for the Grizzlies.

The victory was just the second for the Grizzlies at Poplar Bluff in the last 8 seasons.

It will be a busy week for the Grizz as they host State Fair Tuesday night and the Quakerdale Prep Eagles from Iowa on Friday. Saturday night will be the 10th annual Grizzly Trivia Night fundraiser at the West Plains Civic Center.

Ben Adamson Reporting
MSU Sports Information 

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State junior Bry Snow hit two go-ahead baskets in the game’s final 46.3 seconds Saturday afternoon to help the Lady Bears to a thrilling 80-77 victory over Drake at JQH Arena in Springfield.

MSU improved to 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference with head coach Nyla Milleson’s 100th win at Missouri State, making her the third coach in school history to reach that milestone while doing so in the second-fewest number of games, 177. Drake fell to 5-11 and 0-5 in league play.

The Lady Bears held a double-digit lead early in the second half and led 68-60 with 8:16 to go before Drake ripped off a 15-1 run to lead 75-69 with 3:06 left. In fact, the Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent in the second half, including 7-of-11 from beyond the 3-point line, but Missouri State was able to hold on by committing just three turnovers after intermission and making 12-of-16 from the foul line in the period.

Whitney Edie began the comeback with two free throws with 2:19 to play for a 75-71 score, and Hannah Wilkerson drained a 3-pointer on an in-bounds play with 1:18 to go before Snow’s first go-ahead score at the 46.3 second mark gave the Lady Bears a 76-75 advantage.

Drake took the lead back 16 seconds later when Webb City native Kyndal Clark hit two free throws as part of her game-high 26 points, and Edie then missed two free throws with 16.3 seconds to go, but Snow again came up big, grabbing the rebound and laying it in for the game-winning basket. The defense got a stop and Edie made amends with two made free throws for the 80-77 final, as Kenzie Williams deflected Clark’s last-second 3-point attempt.

Missouri State led by as many as six in the first half and went into intermission up 36-33. The Bulldogs scored the first four points of the second period for a brief lead before the Lady Bears used a 9-0 run to lead 45-37 on the way to their 50-40 advantage with 14:56 to play.

The Bulldogs chipped away at the MSU lead and eventually went ahead 70-68 on a Clark layup in the midst of their 15-1 run.

Edie led MSU with 25 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season, and Williams scored 14 points with a career-high seven assists.

The Lady Bears shot 41.2 percent overall and from 3-point land, while Drake shot 27-for-59 overall for 45.8 percent.

Missouri State hosts league-leading Creighton Monday at 7 p.m. The Bluejays were 12-3 and 4-0 in league play entering their Saturday evening game at Wichita State.

Rick Kindhart Reporting
MSU Sports Information 

PEORIA, Ill. — A banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted home standing Bradley (12-7, 4-3) past Missouri State, 69-66, here Saturday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference play.

The Bears (5-14, 3-4) overcame a 16-point deficit to tie the game with 4.3 seconds remaining on a drive to the bucket by Anthony Downing. MSU then applied pressure to Braves on the in-bound play and kept Walt Lemon, Jr., out deep on the right wing where he heaved a desperation shot toward the basket and off the glass for the win.

Lemon had a game-high 20 points for the Braves who won their second in a row, while MSU was led by Gavin Thurman, Downing and Marcus Marshall with 13 apiece.

The Bears dropped their third straight league game and matched a season high with 15 turnovers, but out-rebounded the larger Bradley club 33-25 and used a 58.3 percent shooting clip in the second half to mount the comeback effort.

After trailing by 15 at the break, MSU stormed out of the gates in the second half, reeling off the first six points of the period and capping a 10-2 run in the first three minutes to pull within 37-31.  Bradley pushed back ahead by double figures briefly as Lemon snagged a steal and took it coast-to-cast at the 15:41 mark to make it 41-31, but the Bears kept their focus.

Keith Pickens started a Bears’ 6-2 run with an offensive rebound and layup, followed by a 15-footer by Christian Kirk as the shot clock expired, and a steal and layup by Downing that made it a five-point game with just under 14 minutes to go.

After Bradley center Will Egolf picked up his fourth foul at the 11:46 mark, the Bears reeled off five unanswered points at the line to climb within 50-47 at the midway point, but the home club manufactured an 11-2 run from there to go up by 10 with eight-and-a-half minutes remaining.

The home club kept a double-figure lead with 3:57 to go when a free throw by Kirk made it 63-53. But MSU got a pair of 3-pointers from Thurman, a traditional 3-point play by Marcus Marshall and a tip-in by Dorrian Williams to make it a 66-64 contest with 1:03 left.  In the final minute, the Bears forced BU’s Jake Eastman into a missed bonus ball from the left corner and called a timeout with 14.9 seconds on the clock. Downing found a seam from the top of the key and drove to the basket to tie the game with 3.7 seconds showing. The officials reset the clock to 4.3 after the replay review, giving Bradley time to get the ball to Lemon for the win.

MSU made 20-of-45 (.444) overall from the field and 8-for-18 (.444) from 3-point range while making good on 85.7 percent (18-for-21) of its free throws — its second-best effort of the season at the line. MSU got 7 rebounds from Downing and 6 apiece from Thurman, Kirk, and Williams.  MSU’s bench outscored Bradley 14-7, including 6 points by Bruce Marshall on a pair of threes.

BU also got 17 points from Dyricus Simms-Edwards and 11 from Egolf in shooting 25-for-54 (.463) overall and 8-for-20 (.400) from beyond the arc. Bradley was 11-for-13 (.846) at the line and committed just 9 turnovers while collecting 9 steals.

In the first half, Missouri State shot just 28.6 percent from the field and turned the ball over nine times to trail 35-20.

The Bears rallied from an early 11-3 deficit to close the gap to one point after Christian Kirk got things started just over five minutes into the contest. Bruce Marshall then knocked down the first of two first-half 3-pointers for MSU, and Drew Wilson answered the call off the bench with a key tip-in that made it an 11-10 game at the 10:33 mark.

After Will Egolf knocked down a trey for Bradley, Bruce Marshall responded with his second 3-ball of the opening stanza to make it 14-13 just past the halfway point.  But the Bears went nearly eight minutes without a field goal from there while the Braves knocked down five more 3-pointers and led by as many as 16.