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

Player Development Fuels Tigers’ SEC Success

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

Defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) runs back his interception against Toledo in September, one of 10 interceptions Missouri has this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Missouri defensive end Markus Golden is one of the most disruptive forces in all of college football. In 12 games, the senior from St. Louis has registered 16 tackles for loss and 8 ½ sacks.

It’s easy to understand why Golden reaps success if you’ve seen him play. Golden is a rare breed of defensive end with the speed to go around opposing lineman and the strength to bulldoze them. What’s more difficult to understand is how Golden turned into the quarterback-crushing, run-stuffing defensive end we see today. Read more of this post

Mizzou volleyball overcomes Ole Miss 3-2 on strong blocking, serving

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

After Emily Wilson ended a long rally with a block in the fifth set against Ole Miss, the Missouri volleyball team jumped and yelled to celebrate.

The play increased their lead to 6-3, and Tigers would go on a 9-3 run to clinch the fifth set and the match against the Rebels.

The victory came after a tough loss on Friday against Georgia.

“After our loss on Friday, we’re like this is a chance to redeem ourselves so I think we just came out really fired up going in to the fifth,” Wilson said.

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Mizzou volleyball hampered by errors, blocks in 3-2 loss to Georgia

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister slammed the gym floor in frustration after the Missouri volleyball team lost another point in Friday’s match against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Hearnes Center.

Her frustration could summarize the struggles the Tigers had in the match. They lost 3-2 (25-19,25-27, 23-25, 25-27, 15-11), putting them 15-14 overall and 6-8 in SEC.

“This is one of the few matches this year that I can say I’m really disappointed in Read more of this post

Offensive woes lead to 69-61 loss to UMKC for Missouri men’s basketball team

Wes Clark questions a foul call during the first half of Missouri’s matchup against UMKC on Friday, Sept. 14, 2014. Clark committed three of Missouri’s 25 fouls in the game.

Wes Clark questions a foul call during the first half of Missouri’s matchup against UMKC on Friday, Sept. 14, 2014. Clark committed three of Missouri’s 25 fouls in the game.

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Kim Anderson’s career as head coach of the Missouri men’s basketball team will start with a 0-1 record as the Tigers fell to the University of Missouri – Kansas City 69-61. The Tigers struggled to find any rhythm offensively Friday night in what Anderson referred to as “an ugly game.”

UMKC set the pace for the game in the first half with a barrage of shots, particularly from behind the 3-point line.

Missouri struggled to defend as UMKC repeatedly drove with the basketball, only to kick the ball out to a teammate for an open shot. UMKC shot 55.6% from behind the arc in the first half, getting out to a 33-24 lead at the break.

Missouri struggled to get going offensively as they shot only 33.3% from the field, while going 2-10 from the three-point line. Missouri did make some strides late in the half, but still had a lot of work to do.

While Missouri did more scoring in the second half, their offense was based more of quantity of shots than quality. Montaque Gill-Caesar, who led the Tigers with 21 points, shot 15 Read more of this post

Deeken shines for Missouri volleyball team

By: Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Coach Wayne Kreklow says freshman Sydney Deeken (14) plays big at the net.

Coach Wayne Kreklow says freshman Sydney Deeken (14) plays big at the net.

Coming off of a stomach injury, freshman outside hitter Sydney Deeken performed strong in her first few starts and adds another offensive tool for the Tigers. KBIA Sports’s Joyce Peng reports on Deeken’s improvements so far in college and some qualities and skills she brings to the team.


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Mizzou women’s soccer player honored

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Redshirt junior Brittanee Randle is the Mizzou women’s soccer team’s representative to the Southeastern Conference’s Soccer Community Service Team.

According to the secsports.com, Read more of this post

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.