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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Tigers got off to a sluggish start in their final exhibition of the season against University of Missouri – St. Louis. Poor rebounding and foul trouble inside caused Missouri to stray away from its game plan. The Tigers caught fire at the end of the first half to take a 39-34 lead. They buried UMSL in the second half. Johnathan Williams III played well in his return to action, scoring 13 points and gathering up 12 rebounds. The offensive stars of the game, however, were Montaque Gill-Caesar and Keith Shamburger. Gill-Caesar scored 19 points, while Shamburger put up 13 points and had six assists. One major upside for Missouri is that its two primary point guards, Shamburger and Wes Clark, combined for 10 assists and no turnovers.
Summer workouts continue as the Missouri Tigers women’s basketball team prepares for the 2014-2015 season. Coach Robin Pingeton’s club will try to improve on last year’s 17-14 record and second consecutive WNIT appearance. While Bri Kulas’ graduation leaves big shoes to fill, the Tigers welcome four new players to the team. One is a junior college transfer, another a transfer whose required year off the court is finished, and two are among the outstanding high school players from Missouri of the last few years. Here’s a look at the newest members of the team:
Juanita Robinson (junior college transfer) — 4-star recruit and ranked in top 100 nationally by ESPN out of high school. Originally signed with Ohio but ended up instead at Johnson County Community College, the same school as Bri Kulas. Junior College All-American, averaged 11 points Read more of this post