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Help us join Mizzou Basketball in supporting Coaches vs. Cancer – an organization co-founded by Mizzou legend Norm Stewart to empower coaches, their teams, and communities – to join the fight against cancer.

We encourage you to Wear White to Saturday’s game.

Both coaching staffs from Mizzou and South Carolina will wear sneakers with their suits to help raise awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer.

A commemorative Coaches vs. Cancer Whiteout shirt is on sale now at the Tiger Team Store for $9.99. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

Missouri Basketball returns home to face South Carolina on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers look to even their SEC record at 3-3 and bounce back from a tough road loss at LSU on Tuesday night.

Mizzou has been outstanding at bouncing back following a loss under Frank Haith … The Tigers are 17-2 all-time after a defeat under Haith and have never lost more than two games in a row under the guidance of the third-year coach.

Saturday’s game will mark the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend for the American Cancer Society … Coaches will wear sneakers in support of Coaches vs. Cancer at games across the country this weekend to help raise awareness for the fight against cancer … Coaches vs. Cancer was of course co-founded by Mizzou’s Norm Stewart … The program began as “The 3-Point Attack… Norm’s Special Challenge” 20 years ago and was adopted by the NABC the following year at a national level.

Tiger fans are encouraged to wear White for Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks in support of Coaches vs. Cancer.

Few players have been better offensively than Jabari Brown in the month of January … The junior has scored 20 points in three consecutive games, including a career high 28 points on Tuesday night at  LSU and since moving into “2014″ (six games), the Oakland native is averaging 21.7 points on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 53 percent shooting from three-point range and 82 percent shooting at the charity stripe … Brown currently leads the SEC in scoring and three-point shooting in league play.

The tandem of Jabari Brown (19.3) and Jordan Clarkson (18.7) continue to lead the Tigers offensively this season  … The pair combined for 47 points on Tuesday at the Pete Maravich Center and have reached double figures in all-18 games played this season … The last Tiger to open a season with 18 consecutive double-figure scoring games was Kareem Rush (21 consecutive) in 2000-01.

With Brown surging into league play the Tigers have a pair of award candidates in the backcourt … On Wednesday Jordan Clarkson was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list … Clarkson was one of college basketball’s Top 25 players through the first half of the 2013-14 season and ranks among the SEC’s leaders in scoring (18.7) and assists (3.4), which includes a team-leading nine 20-point games.

Mizzou is 14-4 on the season and its four losses are by a combined 16 points to Illinois (1), Vanderbilt (3), Georgia (6) in overtime and at LSU (6) … The Tigers are accustomed to playing close ball games this year, with 10 of their last 11 outcomes being decided by 10 points or less.

Earnest Ross continues to move up the SEC’s career active leader board for scoring and rebounding … The Cary, N.C., native began his collegiate career at Auburn and ranks No. 4 among active scorers in the league with 1,100 points and No. 3 among active rebounders with 595 … So far this season Ross is averaging a career high 14.0 points and is coming off his second double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss at LSU.

For more information visit MuTigers Men’s Basketball Home

SEDALIA, Mo. – In the battle for Region 16 supremacy Tuesday night, Jan. 22, the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team found themselves on the losing side.

Harlin Hutchison has the details:

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The Grizzlies fell to State Fair Community College 116-144 in a triple overtime thriller at the Davis Multipurpose Center on the State Fair campus in Sedalia, Mo.  The loss gives the Grizzlies a 15-8 overall record and 2-1 region record.  State Fair, 14-6 overall, now sits alone at the top of the region standings with a 3-0 record.

“I have to start by complimenting both teams for the effort they gave in an outstanding game,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.  “Both teams fought hard and gave tremendous effort.  State Fair simply made one more play than we did.”

The Grizzlies started off the game hot, going up by as much as 17 points twice in the first half of regulation before the Roadrunners battled back to make it a 10-point game at halftime, 45-35.  The Grizzlies continued to lead throughout much of the second half, going up by as much as 14 points midway through the period, but the Roadrunners inched closer and closer in the later stages of the second half and finally took an 83-82 lead on a conventional 3-point play by Kevin Punter.

A free throw by sophomore Grizzly guard Arroyo Edwards knotted the score at 83-83 with 51 seconds remaining, but the Roadrunners took the lead again with a dunk by Jean-Louis Wanya at the 19 second mark.  A quick layup by sophomore Grizzly guard Devaugntah Williams tied the game again with 10 seconds remaining to send the contest into the first overtime.

The teams continued battling back and forth in the first and second overtime periods, scoring 11 points and 8 points each, respectively.  The battle continued in the third overtime, with the Grizzlies holding onto a slim lead through much of it, but the Roadrunners finally went on top for good on a layup by Punter with 37 seconds remaining.

“We had five guys who scored in double figures, our assist-to-turnover ratio was over two-to-one, and we were 74 percent from the free throw line.  We just didn’t finish the game off when we had the opportunity,” Walker said.

Williams led the team in scoring with 36 points, followed by Edwards with 27, freshman forward Justin Jamison and freshman guard Jameel Moore each with 15, and redshirt freshman forward Ed Seay with 12.  Overall, the Grizzlies connected on 40-92 shots from the field for 43.5 percent, eight of 24 attempts from 3-point range for 33.3 percent and 26 of 35 shots from the free throw line for 74.3 percent.

Seay led the team in rebounding with 13 grabs, and Jamison followed with 11, giving each a double double performance for the night. Williams led the team in assists with six.

State Fair hit 41 of 94 attempts from the field for 43.6 percent, seven of 23 3-point attempts for 30.4 percent and 27 of 38 free throw attempts for 71.1 percent.  Leading scorers were Punter with 32 points, Joe Thomasson with 27, Kedar Edwards 24, Wanya 14 and Dondre Alexander 11.  Edwards led the team in rebounds with 14.

“I really feel for our team,” Walker said.  “They went to State Fair and fought hard.  I hate the fact that they are hurting because they gave all they could in a game like that and came up just a little short.  The emotions that go into a game like that are indescribable, but I am very proud of our team.”

Next up for the Grizzlies is a 7 p.m. contest against Region 16 rival Mineral Area College Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Park Hills, Mo.  After a Feb. 1 game against Region 16 rival Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Mo., the Grizzlies will return home Feb. 4 for a 7 p.m. game against God’s Academy from Dallas, Texas.

“We have to use this to get better,” Walker said of the loss.  “We have to finish games off when we have the opportunity.  We have Mineral Area up there next Wednesday.  That is a chance to get back on the winning track and finish the first half of the region season 3-1.”

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, including complete statistics from the games, visit wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/. And don’t forget about the Grizzly Trivia Night Saturday the 25th starting at 6pm. You can find more details about that HERE.

ST. LOUIS - UNI has been picked as this year’s preseason favorite in Missouri Valley Conference softball as voted unanimously by the league’s coaches, earning 100 points. Illinois State took second-place and 83 points with Drake an extremely close third (82 points).

The Panthers will have a lot of experience back as all four of their 2013 MVC All-Tournament team members (Lock, Brown, N. Fisher, J. Fisher) and three of the four UNI 2013 All-Conference winners return to the field. Last year’s Tournament MVP and this year’s MVC Preseason All-Conference Team member, Jamie Fisher, will be on the mound again for the Panthers trying to make her senior season a success. UNI will be going for their third NCAA appearance and second-consecutive.

For Illinois State, three 2014 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team members in first baseman Laura Canopy, outfielder Nichelle Harrison and pitcher Taylor Baxter will lead the charge. Canopy was a First-Team All-Conference member a year ago with teammates Harrison and Baxter making the Second Team. The Redbirds return five of their nine starters, including their four infielders (Canopy, Hoffman, Drish and Bradley).

The Bulldogs welcome back seven starters including their 2013 RBI leaders, Nicole Randel (Senior) and Hayley Nybo (Junior) and their runs scored and hits leader, Amy Pierce (Senior). Once again on the mound for Drake is Rebekah Schmidt and Jordan Gronewold. Schmidt had a 2.22 ERA in 2013 which was third in the MVC while Gronewold earned 17 wins, also good for third in the Valley.

Southern Illinois, the coaches’ fourth-place pick (63 points), is represented on the 2014 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team by Jayna Spivey and Meredith Wilson. Spivey brings an offensive spark to the Salukis as she finished tied for first in RBIs, second in home runs and fourth in two-out RBIs in the Conference. Wilson is a two-time All-MVC Second Team member.

The Missouri State softball team garnered 51 points and is picked to finish fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2014 according to the preseason coaches poll released by the league office today (Jan. 22). The Bears are slotted behind league favorite UNI (100 points), Illinois State (83), Drake (82) and Southern Illinois (63). Sophomore Mary Stephens was voted to the preseason All-MVC team, the lone Bear on the squad.

Loyola is picked sixth with 44 points. The Ramblers return 16 letterwinners (eight starters) from a squad that won 28 games last season and shared the Horizon League regular-season title. Seniors Lauren Moore (55 hits, 13 home runs) and Brittany Gardner (2.18 ERA, 174 strikeouts) will lead Loyola in their first MVC season.

Bradley takes the seventh-place spot and 43 points. The Braves have three members on the 2014 MVC Preseason All-Conference Team in seniors Bailiegh Basham, Madeline Lynch-Crumrine and Bri Joseph. Lynch-Crumrine and Basham were both voted on to the MVC All-Conference Second Team a year ago.

Wichita State claimed 33 points and eight-place. The two returning pitchers and six starters (11 letterwinners total) will welcome ten newcomers for the Shockers. Senior Ali Vandever will lead the way after garnering the second-most hits and runs scored as well as the third-most RBIs last season.

Evansville was voted a close ninth with 30 points. The Purple Aces bring back three pitchers and three position starters including Kayla Fortner, 2014 Preseason All-Conference team member. Fortner finished the 2013 season starting every game and 39 hits.

Indiana State was picked tenth in the poll with 21 points. The Sycamores are represented on the Preseason All-MVC Team by seniors Shelby Wilson and Morgan Allee. Wilson led the team in hits, home runs and RBIs while Allee stole the most bases in the Conference with 36 (one away from the Conference all-time record).

Nine of the ten Missouri Valley Conference softball teams begin action the second weekend of February, with tournament play and non-conference games. League competition will heat up starting Saturday, March 15.

The first 1,000 fans to arrive will receive a free Mizzou pennant.

 

Mizzou returns to action Thursday, Jan. 23, against Texas A&M. The game will be the Pack the House contest, and we will also honor former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt in the annual We Back Pat game. The first 1,000 fans to arrive at Mizzou Arena on Thursday will receive a free Mizzou Pennant. Mizzou and Texas A&M have a longer conference history, but the Aggies lead the all time series, 7-13. The last meeting between the two teams was in College Station last season, and the Aggies earned a 77-58 win.

Missouri will head back out on the road to face Mississippi State on Sunday, Jan. 26. The game will air on SportSouth, FS Southwest, FS Midwest and Sun Sports. This will be the second meeting between the two teams. Last season, Mizzou dropped the contest 61-56 in Mizzou Arena.

The Aggies are undefeated in conference play this season, adding wins over highly ranked opponents LSU and South Carolina. Courtney Walker leads the Aggies averaging 13.2 points. Courtney Williams is also averaging more than 10 points per game, while teammate Karla Gilbert leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. Walker was most recently named SEC player of the week on Jan. 20 as she led the Aggies to two wins that extended the team’s win streak to eight consecutive games.

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The first two games of a four-game road trip saw drastically different results for St. Louis, which finishes its journey Saturday on Long Island. The Blues were on top of their game in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, but anything but the following night as they lost 7-1 in New Jersey.

Jaroslav Halak was supposed to get the night off after beating Detroit, but he was pressed into action before the end of the first period after Brian Elliott gave up three goals on nine shots. Halak yielded four goals on 14 shots. Still, their teammates hoisted the blame for the rout on their own shoulders.

“It’s brutal,” forward Chris Stewart said in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Those are guys who battle for us all year and saved our [butts] two or three years in a row now. So we’ve got to be better for them. It’s time to take a serious look in the mirror and get ready for New York.”

Only eight points separate the second-place Rangers from the eighth-place Islanders in the Metropolitan Division standings after the Isles rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Blueshirts 5-3 at Madison Square Garden. This is the final game indoors for the Rangers before 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series coming up at Yankee Stadium against the Devils and Islanders.

An illness kept goaltender Henrik Lundqvist from dressing on Tuesday, but he was back at practice Wednesday wearing his pinstriped pads. Meanwhile, the Rangers shook up their defense corps by acquiring Kevin Klein from the Nashville Predators in exchange for 2008 first-round pick Michael Del Zotto.

“He’s going to fit in our system very well,” general manager Glen Sather said of Klein, who has four more years remaining on his contract and will be in New York by Thursday. “The coaches know him, know what they are getting, know how he plays.”

Who’s hot: Steen scored the Blues’ lone goal Tuesday, his career-high 25th, and his first in three games since returning from a concussion. … Rangers forward Rick Nash has consecutive two-goal games and nine goals in as many games. Forward Chris Kreider had a goal and two assists against the Islanders.

Injury report: St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko (flu-like symptoms) has missed the past two games. Forward Maxim Lapierre (lower body) is on injured reserve. … New York forward Derek Dorsett (broken fibula) is on injured reserve.

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The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies travel to Sedalia tonight for a Region 16 showdown with the State Fair Roadrunners at the Fred E. Davis Center.

Currently, the Grizzlies and Roadrunners share first place in Region 16 with records of 2-0. Overall, the Grizzlies are 15-7 while State Fair is 13-6.

The game will air on KDY and kkdy.com with streaming video of the game on ozarkareanetwork.com

Other Region 16 teams in action tonight include:

Mineral Area @ St. Louis Community College-Forest Park

Three Rivers @ Arkansas Baptist

Tuesday night was round two in the 43rd Annual Liberty Tournament.

Gary Lee has a summary:

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The next segment will be Thursday, JV Game winners bracket 4pm Liberty VS Houston. And at 5:15 JV match up Eminence VS Thayer.

On the Varsity side of the winners bracket, #1 Liberty will face off with #4 Alton at 6:30 followed by #2 Eminence VS #3 Thayer at 8pm. Both games will be broadcast on 96.9 The Fox.

Friday night the Fox will also air the Summersville Wildcats game against the Doniphan Dons at 8pm.

A low scoring game but none-the-less a win for the Zizzers as they went up against the Parkview Vikings Tuesday night.

Brian Ingles has the game summery:

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Once again the West Plains Zizzer boys get the win over the Parkview Vikings 45 to 41.

The Zizzers will play the Camdenton Lakers next on Friday night.

BATON ROUGE, La. - Anthony Hickey made four consecutive free throws in the final minute and LSU held on for a 77-71 victory against Missouri on Tuesday.

Shavon Coleman led LSU (12-5, 3-2) with a season-high 19 points. Johnny O’Bryant added 16 points, while Andre Stringer had 12. Jordan Mickey scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Missouri, which trailed for most of the game, went ahead 65-64 on a 3-pointer by Brown with 3:39 remaining. LSU’s Mickey replied with two free throws and a field goal and Coleman made a layup after a steal by Tim Quarterman.

Following a 3-pointer by Jabari Brown, Hickey was again fouled. Hickey sank two more free throws with 17 seconds left to push LSU ahead 76-71.

Hickey, who entered the game shooting 50 percent from the free-throw line, was fouled on purpose twice by Missouri. Hickey made his first pair of free throws to give LSU (12-5, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) a 74-68 lead with 37 seconds remaining.

Missouri stayed in striking range as Clarkson made three of four free throws on Missouri’s next two possessions. Then Hickey was fouled twice, and he sealed the win with his clutch foul shooting.

Jarmar Gulley (Photo Courtesy Missouri State Bears

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State senior Jarmar Gulley matched a career high with 26 points and snagged a game-high 12 rebounds to lift the Bears (13-6, 3-4 MVC) past visiting Evansville, 64-61, here Tuesday in a key Missouri Valley Conference game.

MSU overcame a halftime deficit for the fifth time this season and used the strength of a 15-4 run over the course of seven-and-a-half minutes early in the second half to turn the game around.

Evansville (9-11, 2-5) led 34-32 at the intermission behind a 52.4-percent shooting effort and led by as many as eight points late in the opening period.

The cardiac Bears scored six unanswered points in the final 78 seconds of the opening half as Gulley converted a traditional 3-point play, and Gavin Thurman dropped in a clutch trey to make it a two-point game at the break.  MSU later took its first lead since 7-6 when Emmanuel Addo scored on an up-and-under move at the 17:12 mark of the second half on a pass from Ron Mvouika to make it a 39-38 contest.  Evansville regained the lead briefly on a layup by D.J. Balentine, but Paul Lusk’s troops found their rhythm and use the game-breaking surge to push ahead 50-42 with 11:28 remaining.

The Purple Aces made a game of it late, cutting their deficit to one on two occasions – first on a 3-pointer by Blake Simmons with just over four minutes remaining, and then on a free throw by Balentine with 71 seconds showing. Leading 61-60 inside a minute to go, the Bears ran it down to 48 seconds before Mvouika rose up for a 15-footer. His shot was off target, but the MVC Newcomer of the Week tracked down the long carom on the far sideline and knocked it off an Evansville defender and out of bounds. MSU retained possession and got a fresh shot clock, but the Aces rushed Mvouika to foul him with 30 seconds left. The junior from Paris came up big by making both charity shots to make it 63-60.

On the ensuing possession, MSU trapped Balentine in the front court, forcing Evansville into its final timeout with 21 ticks to play. Marty Simmons’ squad drew up a shot for the MVC’s top scorer, but Balentine’s trey missed and was gathered in by Gulley who was fouled at the 14-second mark.

Gulley went to the line sitting at a perfect 7-for-7 on the night, but his only miss from the stripe came at a bad time, as Evansville grabbed the missed one-and-one front end to get another crack at it. However, MSU quickly wrapped up Duane Gibson to send him to the line. Gibson also missed his front end free throw chance to keep the score at 63-60.

Austin Ruder got a chance to put the game on ice three seconds later, but also missed, and when the Aces got a third chance in the deciding moments, MSU fouled Balentine before he had an opportunity to set up a potential tying shot. Balentine responded with a made free throw to bring UE back within 63-61, but he missed his second shot on purpose as it scraped off the bottom of the net and out of bounds.Dorrian Williams, who finished with 8 assists and just one turnover for MSU, then went to the line with 2.8 seconds to go and made one-of-two. His second shot was picked up by Simmons, but Evansville could not get off a final shot, and the Bears improved to 9-1 at home this season with the win.

Balentine was held four points below his league-leading 22.2-point scoring average with 18 tallies on the night, while Egidiju Mockevicius added 10 for Evansville which finished 19-for-44 (.432) from the field and just 4-of-13 (.308) beyond the arc.

Missouri State, which snapped a three-game losing streak, also got double figures from Christian Kirkwho went 5-for-7 from the field in a reserve role to finish with 11 points. Williams added 8 points and a career-high 6 rebounds to go with his game-high assist total, and Lusk picked up his 40th victory as Bears’ coach.

The Bears out-rebounded the Aces by a 43-28 margin and snagged 18 offensive boards – 7 by Gulley — that led to 14 second-chance points. MSU finished 24-for-63 (.381) from the field, 4-of-21 (.190) from long range and 12-of-19 (.632) at the stripe with 11 turnovers.

MSU closes out its current two-game home stand on Saturday at 7 p.m., when the Bears host rival Southern Illinois in a White Out game on FOX Sports Midwest and MVC TV Network. Tickets are available now at MissouriStateBears.com/tickets and during regular box office hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the JQH Arena box office and by phone at (417) 836-7678.