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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.