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.

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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

Missouri beats Arkansas to clinch second straight SEC East title

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

Many experts didn’t believe Missouri could compete with the SEC in football. That seems silly now, after Missouri (10-2, 7-1) finished a drive late in the fourth quarter to take a 21-14 lead against Arkansas (6-6, 2-6).

For the second straight year, the SEC East division title came down to the final week of the season. Read more of this post

Gill-Caesar overcomes illness, puts up 19 in Missouri’s 78-64 win over Oral Roberts

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

The Missouri Tigers had a monstrous second half offensively to lock down a 78-64 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The offense was led by freshman Montaque Gill-Caesar, who Kim Anderson admitted was feeling sick all day.

“To be honest it was a gutty performance because he wasn’t feeling very good,” Anderson said.

Three Missouri players scored in double figures, including Gill-Caesar, and dominated Oral Roberts on both ends of the court for most of the second half.

The first half was typical for Missouri, with the Tigers mediocre shooting. Missouri shot 13-30 from the field and shot 33 percent from the three-point line. Defensively the Tigers were hampered by Obi Emegano. Emegano didn’t miss a shot from the field in the first half, scoring 18 points, despite only playing seven minutes because of two fouls he committed. Missouri took advantage of his absence and brought the score to 40-38 at half.

Down two points going into the second half, Missouri needed a spark. Read more of this post

Jessica Herrman on her road back to the pitch

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports 

Sophomore forward Jessica Herrman has rebounded this season and been a regular substitute for the Missouri soccer team. After suffering from two ACL injuries and now this year battling a hamstring strain, Herrman scored her first collegiate goal in a 2-1 victory over Kentucky.

Herrman and the Missouri Tigers have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and play Washington Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Stanford, California.

 

Media Day Notes: Penton returns, Steward undergoes surgery

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Tigers two games away from SEC East crown: Repeating as champions of the Southeastern Conference’s East Division was unthinkable for Missouri midway through its regular season schedule.

Division rival Georgia had just rolled into town and smacked the Tigers 34-0 in their own stadium. Quarterback Maty Mauk committed five turnovers and the defense allowed a Bulldogs’ rushing attack for 210 yards, despite missing star running back Todd Gurley. The loss was Missouri’s second in three games — the other one coming against lowly Indiana — dropping it to 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in SEC play.

But flash forward a little more than five weeks and somehow, some way, the Tigers (8-2, 5-1) are in prime position to play in the SEC Championship game for the second straight year. Read more of this post

Strong second half gives Missouri it’s first victory, 56-41 over Valparaiso

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports 

Missouri focused on defense as they defeated Valparaiso for their first win of the
season on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. After a tight first half, the Tigers were able to
break ahead in the second half, holding Valparaiso to 18 points in the half. Wes Clark
provided the offensive spark for the Tigers, scoring 16 points. Clark also grabbed six
rebounds and two steals. Johnathan Williams III had six rebounds of his own to go
along with 10 points. Missouri dominated the boards in the matchup, outrebounding
Valparaiso 37-28. After a poor first half shooting, the Tigers shot 53.8 percent from
the field in the second half to earn the victory.

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Missouri offense wakes up to lead Tigers past Aggies

 By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

The chances of Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference’s East Division for the second straight year were in jeopardy midway through the Tigers’ showdown against Texas A&M in College Station.

Despite outplaying the Aggies in terms of total yards and time of possession, Missouri found itself trailing 13-7 at halftime. SEC East foe Georgia, meanwhile, led Auburn by a comfortable margin. If both results held, the Tigers would surrender first place in their division and cede the East crown to the Bulldogs.

In a season full of surprises, the third quarter saw yet another twist: Finally, Missouri’s offense woke up. Read more of this post

Missouri travels south to take on Texas A&M Aggies

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team heads south this weekend to take on Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Tigers (7-2, 4-1) are looking to remain in the driver’s seat of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division with a win. Both teams are trending upward. Missouri has rattled off three straight victories since getting blanked by Georgia 34-0 at home. Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3) has won two straight games — including a wild 41-38 victory over Auburn last weekend — since getting throttled by Alabama 59-0 on Oct. 18. Here are four things to watch for when the Tigers and Aggies kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday: Read more of this post