KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Basketball Basketball en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:02:54 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri continues home dominance, downs South Carolina http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-continues-home-dominance-downs-south-carolina-85126/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-continues-home-dominance-downs-south-carolina-85126/ Basketball Mon, 20 Feb 2017 7:32:19 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri continues home dominance, downs South Carolina

COLUMBIA - Missouri Tigers Women's Basketball knocked off the sixth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks Sunday afternoon 62-60.

Sophomore guard Sophie Cunningham led the Tigers with 26 points on 10-16 shooting. It was her eighth 20-point game of the season. She scored the deciding basket with under a second left to seal the victory.

The Tigers (19-9, 9-5 SEC) earned their ninth conference victory this season, their most since 2005-2006. Mizzou is 14-1 at home this season and has now downed five straight ranked opponents at home. 

Mizzou earned an early 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter behind strong defense. South Carolina's 10 points were lowest the Gamecocks have scored in a first quarter in conference play this season.

South Carolina (22-4, 12-2 SEC) would counter in the second quarter and take a 30-26 lead to the half. The Gamecocks extended their lead to 10 with 6:06 left in the third quarter. However, Mizzou made seven straight field goals to take a 44-42 lead with just over two minutes left in the third. The Gamecocks answered with a pair of jumpers and Mizzou trailed 48-44 at the end of three. 

The Tigers trailed 60-58 with under a minute left, but Cunningham recovered an offensive rebound from a Cierra Porter miss and scored to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing Gamecock posession, senior guard Lianna Doty took a charge from Kaela Davis to give the Tigers the ball back with 23 seconds. After almost turning the ball over, Mizzou got the ball to Sophie Cunningham with low time. Cunningham drove across the paint from the left wing and used a pass fake to get space to drop in the go-ahead layup.

South Carolina failed to get a shot up before time expired on their last posession.

The win also propels the Tigers to fourth in the SEC standings. Mizzou will next play Thursday night, Senior Night, against Ole Miss. 

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Missouri extends road losing streak at Tennessee http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-extends-road-losing-streak-at-tennessee/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-extends-road-losing-streak-at-tennessee/ Basketball Sat, 18 Feb 2017 2:31:18 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri extends road losing streak at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Missouri basketball fell to Tennessee Saturday afternoon 90-70. The loss extends a program record for road losing streaks to 33 games.

Tennessee (15-12, 7-7 SEC) got off to a hot start with a 13-0 run to take a 16-3 lead in the first. Mizzou failed to cut the deficit to under six for the rest of the game.

The Tigers (7-19, 2-12 SEC) committed 14 turnovers that the Volunteers converted into 24 points while Mizzou could only convert six points from nine Tennessee turnovers.

Sophomore guard Terrence Phillips scored 18 for Mizzou with an additional three rebounds and three assists.

Tennessee received 20-point efforts from both freshman forward Grant Williams and senior guard Robert Hubbs III. 

The officiating was tight throughout, as both teams shot over 30 free throws. In the second half, two technicals were called on Missouri. The first went against the team and the second against Phillips. 

Missouri returns home for their next game against No. 13 Kentucky. The Tigers have never defeated the Wildcats in program history.

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Star Columbia basketball player returns to coach http://www.komu.com/news/star-columbia-basketball-player-returns-to-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/star-columbia-basketball-player-returns-to-coach/ Basketball Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:46:32 AM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Star Columbia basketball player returns to coach

COLUMBIA - One Columbia College star basketball player found his way back to his passion to coach for the Tolton Trail Blazers.

Forward Zach Rockers traded in that title for "Coach Zach Rockers," as an assistant for the boy's basketball team.

Rockers is a theology teacher in his first year at Tolton, and he said he tries to use faith to help others.

"It's a dream come true to be able to follow my faith and help teach people skills they can use on and off the court," Rockers said.

Tolton Boy's Basketball Coach Jeremy Osborne said, "He's the kind of guy you want to be around, and I think that speaks more than just being a good coach."

Tolton Senior Guard Isaiah Wilson said, "He knows how the game is to be played. He knows what we are thinking, so it's really good. We can relate to him a lot."

Rockers was a star for the Cougars in college as that team won four conference titles in five seasons. Rockers also scored 1,214 career points, 13th of all-time for the Cougars.

The Missouri ties don't stop there. He previously played for and went to Helias High School. And his parents both teach in Missouri.

"I feel like in a way that's a gift to have that knowledge and try to use those to the fullest and share those with kids," Rockers said.

On the court, his players and former teammates say, he always plays with the same fire from start to finish.

Columbia College Men's Basketball Coach Bob Burchard said, "He is a competitor a really good competitor. He'll knock you down, but then he'll help you back up."

Rockers said, "Why not smile. Why not be happy and live life to the fullest. That's one thing I love is being a competitor. That's one thing I do miss."

Osborne said Rockers played a big role in rebuilding the Trail Blazers after the loss of a few key players.

"He just sees the game really well. I'd say his knowledge is one of the big things and how much he knows the game," Osborne said.

After a tough start with losses early in the year, the Trail Blazers and Rockers rebounded with key wins against cross-town rivals Battle and Jefferson City in February. Wilson combined for 56 points in the two games, and he said he credits Rockers for a lot of his growth.

"He's helped us all a whole lot. I think just talking with him, and he's helped me grow off the court too like when he was my teacher," Wilson said.

Rockers said he plans to teach and coach for as long as he can.


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Anderson earns win 300 as Missouri defeats Vanderbilt http://www.komu.com/news/anderson-earns-win-300-as-missouri-defeats-vanderbilt/ http://www.komu.com/news/anderson-earns-win-300-as-missouri-defeats-vanderbilt/ Basketball Sat, 11 Feb 2017 5:01:30 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Anderson earns win 300 as Missouri defeats Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA - Coach Kim Anderson earned victory number 300 for his career when Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 72-52 Saturday. 

The victory is the second consecutive at home for the Tigers (7-17, 2-10 SEC). It's also the largest conference win since beating Alabama 68-47 in January of 2014.

The Commodores (12-13, 6-7 SEC) led 44-43 following Redshirt Senior Nolan Cressler's layup with 12:13 left in the second half, but Vanderbilt missed all of its final 12 field goal attempts. Missouri finished the game on a 29-8 run. 

Junior Jordan Barnett led all scorers with 23 points off the bench. He also contributed nine rebounds. Sophomores Terrence Phillips, Kevin Puryear and Senior Russell Woods also scored in double figures.

The Missouri defense led the way. Vanderbilt has the SEC's best three point shooting percentage, but the Tigers limited the Commodores to just 21.4 percent shooting from behind the arc. Vanderbilt only shot 25 percent from the field in the second half.

Missouri also outrebounded Vamderbilt 43-25 and scored 21 second chance points compared to Vanderbilt's four.

The win takes the Tigers temporarily out of last place in the SEC standings. LSU plays Saturday night and with a win, Mizzou would be back in last.

"I thought this team was the least focused this team has been in shoot around all year," Anderson said after the win, "but they came out and played."

Mizzou returns to action Wednesday when the Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Columbia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 68-56 earlier this season in Tuscaloosa.


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Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ Basketball Sat, 4 Feb 2017 7:43:04 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball won for the first time since Dec. 6, defeating Arkansas 83-78 in the second "Rally for Rhyan" game Saturday.

The victory was the second in two seasons for Mizzou on "Rally for Rhyan" games; they won last year's game against Tennessee. The win Saturday ended a 13-game losing streak and is the first in conference play for the Tigers.

Rhyan Loos is the six-year old daughter of Mizzou coaching staff member Brad Loos. She is currently in a battle with pediatric cancer. The "Rally for Rhyan" games are to fundraise for further pediatric cancer research.

Attendance was listed at 11,434, the highest at Mizzou arena this season.

Mizzou (6-16, 1-9 SEC) were led in points by Jordan Barnett's 17. K.J. Walton, Kevin Puryear, and Cullen VanLeer joined him in double figures.

The 83 points scored by the Tigers was the highest total they've had since conference play started.

Mizzou got off to a hot start, scoring 47 points on 62 percent shooting in the first half. However, Arkansas made a run in the second half and hit four of their final five shots to push the Tigers. 

Arkansas (17-6, 6-4 SEC), led by former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson, won the first meeting against the Tigers in Fayetteville 92-73 on Jan. 14, but couldn't recover from their slow start. 

Mizzou travels to College Station Wednesday to face the Texas A&M Aggies. 


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Local Scores: Monday, January 30, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-monday-january-30-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-monday-january-30-2017/ Basketball Mon, 30 Jan 2017 8:21:06 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Monday, January 30, 2017

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Monday, January 30, 2017: 

NCAA Women's Basketball:

Missouri 73, No. 25 Kentucky 67

Girls High School Basketball:

Fatima 71, Fulton 35 (Opening Round, Southern Boone Classic)

Troy 46, Harrisburg 40 (Opening Round, Southern Boone Classic)

South Callaway 64, New Bloomfield 49

Father Tolton 80, University City 30

Boys High School Basketball:

North Callaway 69, MMA 58

[CORRECTION: The score of the Missouri women's basketball game has been updated after an incorrect final score was posted earlier]

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Local Scores: Thursday, January 26, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-26-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-26-2017/ Basketball Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:20:07 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, January 26, 2017

MID-MISSOURI – Here are some scores from around the area for Thursday, January 26, 2017: 

NCAA Women’s Basketball

Missouri 68, Auburn 53

NAIA Men’s Basketball

Harris Stowe State 88, No. 3 Columbia College 83

Williams Woods 63, Missouri Baptist 60

NAIA Women’s Basketball

Harris Stowe State 68, No. 12 Columbia College 41

Williams Woods 85, Missouri Baptist 57

No. 9 Lyon College (Ark.) 75, Stephens 46 

NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball

Fort Hays State 74, Lincoln 72 (OT)

NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball

Fort Hays State 81, Lincoln 68

Boys' High School Basketball

Tolton 41, Macon 24

Girls’ High School Basketball

Southern Boone 55, Blair Oaks 43

Cole Camp 54, Smithton 24

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Cierra Porter's career-high 27 points lead Missouri over Auburn http://www.komu.com/news/cierra-porter-s-career-high-27-points-lead-missouri-over-auburn/ http://www.komu.com/news/cierra-porter-s-career-high-27-points-lead-missouri-over-auburn/ Basketball Thu, 26 Jan 2017 9:51:41 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cierra Porter's career-high 27 points lead Missouri over Auburn

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers Women’s Basketball Team collected a 68-53 victory over the Auburn Tigers on Thursday night, extending their conference-game winning streak to four games.

Cierra Porter led Missouri with a career-high 27 points. She shot 10-14 in field goal range and collected nine rebounds. Porter and Amber Smith compiled 25 of Missouri’s 33 first-half points, in addition to five assists throughout the contest.

Missouri out rebounded Auburn 40-27, including 32 defensive rebounds. Missouri also finished with higher field goal, three-point and free throw percentages than Auburn. Both teams combined for 47 fouls, over half which came in the second half.

Auburn’s leading scorer Katie Frerking was held to less than a dozen points, while Missouri’s leading scorer Sophie Cunningham was outscored by her sister, Lindsey Cunningham, for the first time this season.

The victory improved Missouri to 15-7 overall and 5-3 in Southeastern Conference play. It was Missouri’s fourth consecutive regular season victory against Auburn.

Up next, the Missouri Tigers host the Kentucky Wildcats on Monday at 6 p.m.

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Missouri Men's Basketball drops 11th straight with loss to Mississippi St. http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-men-s-basketball-drops-11th-straight-with-loss-to-mississippi-st-/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-men-s-basketball-drops-11th-straight-with-loss-to-mississippi-st-/ Basketball Wed, 25 Jan 2017 8:58:48 PM Kevin Levine, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Men's Basketball drops 11th straight with loss to Mississippi St.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Missouri Tigers Men's Basketball team dropped its 30th straight road game, and 11th straight overall with an 89-74 loss to the Mississippi St. Bulldogs Wednesday night.

The Tigers led at the half, but lost the second half by 19 points after the Bulldogs hit eight second half three-pointers. Sophomore guard Jordan Geist tied his season high in points and co-led the team with 18. Junior forward Jordan Barnett was the other Tiger to score 18, while also contributing eight rebounds.

Miss. St. guard Quinndary Weatherspoon scored a career high 29 points on 11-17 shooting. He also added in eight rebounds and four assists to lead the Bulldogs in all three categories. Miss. St. shot over 52 percent from beyond the three-point arc on the night, which was better than their percentage from the free throw line. The Tigers made only one-third of their attempts from three, but made 74 percent of their free throw attempts, which has plagued the Tigers throughout the season.

Missouri is now 0-7 in SEC play this season, with their next two match ups coming against ranked opponents in a home match up vs. South Carolina, and then a trip to Gainesville and the O'Connell center to take on the Florida Gators.

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Mizzou loses tenth straight to Ole Miss http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-loses-tenth-straight-to-ole-miss/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-loses-tenth-straight-to-ole-miss/ Basketball Sat, 21 Jan 2017 5:04:23 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou loses tenth straight to Ole Miss

COLUMBIA - Mizzou basketball lost their tenth consecutive game Saturday, falling to Ole Miss 75-71.

Forward Kevin Puryear scored a career and game -high 26 points to go along with eight rebounds while both sophomore guard Terrence Phillips and senior forward Russel Woods tallied double-doubles for the Tigers (5-13, 0-6).

Mizzou came in to the game as the worst three point shooting team in the nation by percentage but hit 44 percent of their shots from deep.

However, it wasn't enough. The Rebels (12-7, 3-4) were paced by forward Sebastian Saiz who scored a team-high 19 points and recorded a double-double of his own. Saiz is the only player in the SEC averaging a double-double for the season. Sophomore Terence Davis added 19 points and 11 rebounds as well.

The Rebels were sparked by the return of Deandre Burnett. The Miami transfer returned to the court following a two game absence to deal with an ankle injury. He scored 14 points and dished out three assist.

The Tigers trailed late in the second half when sophomore guard Cullen Vanleer made a three point basket while getting fouled to cut the Tiger deficit to 73-71 with six seconds left.

He went on to miss the foul shot which forced Mizzou to foul, putting Ole Miss on the free throw stipe where they would hit both and put the game out of reach. Foul shots were the big difference in the game as the Tigers only made six of their 17 tries while the Rebels hit 17 of their 23.

The Tigers will look to end their losing streak Jan. 25 in Starkville against Mississippi State.

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Local Scores: Thursday, January 12, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-12-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-january-12-2017/ Basketball Thu, 12 Jan 2017 9:01:33 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, January 12, 2017

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Thursday, January 12, 2017:

NCAA Women's Basketball: 

LSU 80, Missouri 71

NAIA Women's Basketball:

No. 16 Central Methodist 76, Culver-Stockton 64

No. 12 Columbia College 92, Park 75

William Woods 58, Stephens 45

NAIA Men's Basketball: 

No. 6 Columbia College 89, No. 25 Park 73

Central Methodist 81, Culver-Stockton 64

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball:

Lincoln 77, Pittsburg St. 69


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Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15 http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-sports-scores-thursday-dec-15/ Basketball Thu, 15 Dec 2016 8:24:23 PM Charles Nichelson, KOMU8 Digital Producer Local Sports Scores: Thursday, Dec. 15

COLUMBIA - Sports scores from around the area

Girls High School Basketball:

So. Callaway 72, Eugene 69

New Bloomfield 67, Chamois 35

Boys High School Basketball:

Moberly 57, Boonville 51

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DaJonee Hale named Heart of America Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/dajonee-hale-named-heart-of-america-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/dajonee-hale-named-heart-of-america-player-of-the-week/ Basketball Wed, 7 Dec 2016 4:10:22 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer DaJonee Hale named Heart of America Player of the Week

Columbia, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference awarded its Women's Basketball Player of the Week honor to Central Methodist guard DaJonee Hale on Monday afternoon.

Hale lead the Eagles in scoring en route to two victories last week. 

This is the second honor for CMU this season, after Lexie Moe took home the inaugural honor in November.

“DaJonee had an unbelievable week,” CMU head women’s basketball coach Mike Davis said. “She actually moved to our point guard spot and was so good on the offensive end of the court. Her efficiency was at a high level. We are excited to see what this season brings for her.”

DaJonee Hale led the Eagles with 24 points in 29 minutes of action against 11th ranked Benedictine College, while chiming in with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

The Eagles concluded the week with a road win at Grand View where Hale played all but two minutes and scored a game high 37 points.

Hale finished the week shooting .510 from the field, .440 from beyond the three-point arc, and .900 from the free-throw line.

The 17th ranked Eagles return to action Saturday, when Central hosts Graceland University at Puckett Field House.

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Central Methodist junior earns All-American honors http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-junior-earns-all-american-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-junior-earns-all-american-honors/ Basketball Wed, 7 Dec 2016 3:56:24 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Central Methodist junior earns All-American honors

Columbia, Mo. – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2016 NAIA Regional Awards late last week, with Central Methodist University junior Madison Bond earning a spot on the Midwest Region’s Honorable Mention list.

Bond closed out her junior year as one of the leaders for CMU, finishing with a team best .344 attack percentage. She finished second on the team with 357 kills and a set percentage of .447. Bond averaged close to a block per game, led the team with 142 blocks and finished second in total points scored.

“I am very excited that Madison has been named to the All-Region team,” CMU head volleyball coach Allison Jones-Olson said. “She had an outstanding season for us, and has been a leader both on and off the court.”

Bond was one of nine other players honored by the Midwest Region in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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Tolton ready for post-championship pressure http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-ready-for-post-championship-pressure/ http://www.komu.com/news/tolton-ready-for-post-championship-pressure/ Basketball Sun, 4 Dec 2016 2:25:19 PM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tolton ready for post-championship pressure

COLUMBIA — Defending your title in sports is one of the hardest things to do. Then factor in losing over 75 percent of your roster from a season ago, and the odds of going back-to-back seem impossible.

That's what the Tolton Catholic High School boys basketball team faces this season.

A season ago, the Trailblazers won the class 3 title, defeating Barstow 62-60. It was the program's first title in just its fifth year of existence.

"The game was a blur," Tolton coach Jeremy Osborne said of the state title game in March. "It all happened so fast."

Tolton's roster went through a massive overhaul in the nine months between their championship and the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Along with losing seven seniors to graduation, brothers Michael and Jontay Porter moved to Washington with their family. Their father, Michael Porter Sr., took an assistant head coaching job with the University of Washington's mens basketball team, prompting the move.

Porter Jr., a senior, is the second ranked recruit in the nation, according to rivals.com. Junior Jontay Porter is a highly ranked recruit as well. Both have committed to play at the University of Washington.

Combined, the two Porters averaged over 40 points and 20 rebounds a game for the Trailblazers. 

"I was aware of the potential situation. But, other than that, it was a complete family decision," Osborne said of the Porters moving to Seattle. "They made a decision that is best for their family and you got to respect that."

All of the turnover from last season leaves Tolton young this year. There's only two seniors on the roster for the Trailblazers, which is the same amount of freshman on the roster as well.

One of those seniors is point guard Isaiah Wilson, who was a regular starter last year for Tolton. He will be leaned on to lead a team mostly of sophomores and juniors who haven't had much varsity experience in the past.

"I want to embrace that challenge this year. I'm really looking forward to it," Wilson said. "I was a leader last year as well and I just feel like I'm ready to even be more of a leader this year."

Wilson added, "I'm the only senior, really, on the team this year. Being the only one with some varsity experience, its going to be a huge deal for me to be a leader this year."

The Trailblazers are young, but Osborne said it will not deter them from their goals.

"We just worry about what we can control. And if we do a good enough job of controlling what we can control, then we don't need to worry about what people say about us," Osborne said.

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Tigers Offense Goes Cold in Upset Loss http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-offense-goes-cold-in-upset-loss/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-offense-goes-cold-in-upset-loss/ Basketball Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:42:27 PM Bobby Perry KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tigers Offense Goes Cold in Upset Loss

COLUMBIA: The Missouri Tiger Men's Basketball came into Monday night's contest expecting a tough test against an experienced North Carolina Central team according to Coach Kim Anderson.  They got all they could handle and then some, being upset at home against Eagles 62-52.  

In the loss the Tigers combined for an 25 percent shooting from the field, a program low at Mizzou Arena.  

The Tigers were led by sophomore guard Terrance Phillips, who tied for a game high 17 points on 60 percent shooting before fouling out in the second half. Phillips was the only Tiger in double digits, while the remaining Tigers combined to go 11-58 throughout the game for an abysmal 19 percent.

North Carolina Central was led in scoring by Patrick Cole, whose 17 points were one of three Eagles scorers in double digits.  

With the loss, Missouri drops to 3-3 on the season.  The Tigers will look to rebound Saturday afternoon, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come to town.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. 

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Local Scores: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-november-22-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-tuesday-november-22-2016/ Basketball Tue, 22 Nov 2016 9:56:52 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Tuesday, November 22, 2016:

NCAA Women's College Basketball:

Missouri 77, Indiana State 48

NAIA Women's College Basketball: 

Central Methodist 93, Mt. Mercy 76

No. 13 Baker 91, Missouri Valley 53

Women's College Basketball:

William Woods 73, Westminster 61

NAIA Men's College Basketball:

Central Methodist 90, Mt. Mercy 78

Missouri Valley 87, Baker 83

Lincoln 90, McKendree 81

William Woods 71, Haskell 69

Boys High School Basketball:

Wellsville 71, Community R-VI 51


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Mizzou men's basketball signs guard C.J. Roberts http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-signs-guard-c-j-roberts/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-men-s-basketball-signs-guard-c-j-roberts/ Basketball Wed, 9 Nov 2016 2:49:58 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Digital Reporter Mizzou men's basketball signs guard C.J. Roberts

COLUMBIA- On Monday the Mizzou men's basketball program officially signed guard C.J. Roberts from North Richland Hills, Texas. 

Roberts ranked as the 96th-best prospect in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com. The Texas Basketball Review also ranked him as the seventh-best recruit in Texas after his junior season.

A 6-0, 180-pound combo guard, Roberts led his Richland High School team to a Texas 6A State Championship appearance as a junior in 2015-16.

Roberts averaged 22.5 points per game last season, converting 52 percent of his field goal attempts. He scored 20 or more points on 13 different occasions, including three 30 points games.

The son of Catrisa and Craig Roberts Sr., Robert’s full name is Craig Roberts Jr., but he goes by C.J. 

Roberts plans to pursue a sports management degree at the University of Missouri.

The guard also considered scholarship offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

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Mizzou basketball clinic brings community together http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-clinic-brings-community-together/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-clinic-brings-community-together/ Basketball Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:41:44 AM Nick Yahl, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mizzou basketball clinic brings community together

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers men's and women's basketball teams held a free clinic at Douglass Park Saturday as a way to give back to the community. 

Youth from the Columbia area learned skill drills from the Tiger athletes, while also getting to interact with their favorite players. 

Missouri women's basketball director of recruiting, Willie Cox says it's important for the players to give back to the community. 

"It's a day where they will remember, okay. They get a chance to meet and greet the players, then when they see them in action on the basketball court, it really builds a relationship," Cox said. 

Missouri basketball players said it's important to give back to Columbia a community they consider their family. 

While the kids may be a long way off from living out their NBA dreams, they were able to enjoy a fun afternoon with some of their basketball idols. 

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DeMarre Carroll brings "Junkyard Dog" mindset to basketball camp http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ Basketball Mon, 18 Jul 2016 6:46:28 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter DeMarre Carroll brings

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player DeMarre Carroll describes his basketball camp as "gritty" and "grimy," which is fitting considering his nickname is "The Junkyard Dog."

"You gonna get sweaty, you gonna get dirty, you gonna get some bumps and bruises. That's the type of camp I want, and that's the type of camp these kids need to get to the next level they need to get to," Carroll said. 

The Toronto Raptors forward brought his "gritty and grimy" basketball camp to Columbia kids on Monday at Tolton Catholic High School. 

"We really pay attention to the kids," Carroll said. "We try to split them up in a lot of stations, do a lot of one-on-one things, and I feel like that's the difference."

Assistant coaches for the camp include former Missouri Tiger Mike Anderson Jr., Columbia College guard Pep Stanciel and Carroll's brother DeAndre Carroll.

"All of these different coaches bring a different aspect, especially things I've learned myself going from Alabama, going from Atlanta, going to Arkansas for basketball camps, etc," Carroll said. "I feel like all these coaches bring different things to this camp, and I feel like it's gonna help these kids get better."

Carroll makes it a point to come back to Columbia for his basketball camp every year. 

"Most guys in the NBA, they go to camps every so often. But I come everyday and I show up," Carroll said.

Camp assistant coach Michael Jackson said people take notice of Carroll's presence at his camp.

"He plays in the NBA so [he doesn't] really have a lot of free time," Jackson said. "He's willing to put his time in, come back year after year for the community."

Jackson said Carroll's efforts to grow the Columbia basketball community go further than just his camps. 

"He's sponsoring an AAU team here to get basketball going even bigger here in Columbia, so he's dedicating his money and time to get that going," Jackson said.

According to Carroll, he will expand his AAU team "Team Carroll" from one Columbia team to three teams in the future. 

He said the Columbia community makes him feel at home whenever he visits, which is why he gives back to it. 

"I'm a Mizzou alumni, and I bleed gold and black, and I always try to come back because this is my home," Carroll said. "This is my home away from home, so I feel like every time I come back people are welcoming me with open arms."

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