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PITTSBURG, Kan. - Former University of Missouri head basketball coach Kim Anderson has agreed to join Division II Pittsburg State University in the same position. 

Pittsburg State will formally introduce Anderson on Monday, March 27.

Anderson previously coached at Central Missouri, a rival of Pittsburg State in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. He led Central Missouri to the 2014 national title and two other final fours.

Anderson joined Missouri, his alma mater, as head coach before the 2014-2015 season. Anderson went 27-68 in three seasons. Anderson was asked to step down after going 8-24 this season.

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Michael Porter Jr. commits to Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-commits-to-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-commits-to-mizzou/ Basketball Fri, 24 Mar 2017 4:21:19 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 News Michael Porter Jr. commits to Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Michael Porter Jr. announced his commitment to the University of Missouri Friday.

Michael Porter Jr. is the number one basketball recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. He averaged 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.2 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game in his senior year, being named Gatorade Player of the Year as a member of Nathan Hale high school in Seattle on Wednesday. 

Porter Jr. was committed to the University of Washington until the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar March 15. He was then released from his scholarship Thursday.

Michael Porter Jr. is the first recruit to commit under new head coach Cuonzo Martin. Michael's dad, Michael Porter Sr. agreed to be an assistant coach for Mizzou Thursday.

Michael Porter Jr. played at Father Tolton Regional Catholic high school in Columbia, winning a Class 3 state championship in 2016. He moved to Seattle when Romar hired Michael Porter Sr. before the 2016-2017 season.

Two of Michael Porter Jr.'s sisters, Cierra and Bri, played for Mizzou women's basketball under head coach Robin Pingeton, their aunt.



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Three Columbia College players honored by NAIA http://www.komu.com/news/three-columbia-college-players-honored-by-naia/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-columbia-college-players-honored-by-naia/ Basketball Thu, 23 Mar 2017 9:33:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Three Columbia College players honored by NAIA

COLUMBIA - Three Columbia College basketball players received NAIA All-American honors Thursday.

Junior Jackson Dubinski earned third-team honors and both senior Malik Ray and junior Nic Reynolds earned honorable mention recognition.

Dubinski, a 6'1" guard out of Rock Bridge High School, averaged 11.7 points per game with 123 assists on the season. He ranked 20th in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (2.460), 28th in 3-point field goal percentage (0.427), 30th in total assists (123), and 34th in total steals (51).

Ray, a 6'7" forward out of St. Louis, was named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He lead the conference with 66 blocks on the season, seventh in the NAIA. In addition to leading the team in blocks, Ray's 231 rebounds led the team. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring, at 9.5 points per contest.

Reynolds, a 6'2" guard out of Peoria, Illinois, averaged 14.0 points per contest while shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor. Reynolds became just the 25th player in Columbia College history to score 1,000 career points. He currently sits at 1,200 points for his career which is just two points shy of Bob Todd for 15th all-time.

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Michael Porter Sr. hired as Mizzou basketball assistant http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-sr-hired-as-mizzou-basketball-assistant/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-sr-hired-as-mizzou-basketball-assistant/ Basketball Thu, 23 Mar 2017 8:31:02 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Michael Porter Sr. hired as Mizzou basketball assistant

COLUMBIA - Michael Porter Sr. has been hired as an assistant coach under new head coach Cuonzo Martin, the school announced in a press release Thursday night.

Porter Sr. is the father of Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter. 

Michael Porter Jr. is the number one basketball recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year on Wednesday. Porter Jr. was committed to the University of Washington until the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar. He was then released from his scholarship Thursday.

Jontay Porter is the 26th-ranked player in the class of 2018 according to ESPN, but there is speculation he could reclassify and join Michael Porter Jr. in college next season.

Michael Porter Sr. has previously coached Mizzou women's basketball as an assistant for head coach Robin Pingeton, who is his sister-in-law. Porter Sr. then was hired by Romar at Washington before the 2016-17 season. Romar and his staff were let go March 15. 

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Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ Basketball Mon, 20 Mar 2017 4:47:52 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer and Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri introduced Cuonzo Martin as 19th head basketball coach in program history in a Monday press conference at Mizzou Arena.

Martin comes to Columbia after head coaching jobs at Missouri State, Tennessee and California, where he compiled an overall record of 186-121. He will take over as the head coach after Kim Anderson was fired by first-year athletic director Jim Sterk.

Before introducing Martin, Sterk spoke confidently that Martin was the right man for the job. "Today we are able to check off all the boxes to develop a championship program in the hiring of Cuonzo Martin," Sterk said. "Cuonzo from the very start looked like a great fit for the Missouri program and the community."

In his opening remarks, Martin, a native of East St. Louis, said that coming to Mizzou felt like coming home. "To be home just off I-70 is a tremendous feeling," Martin said.

Martin spoke highly of Mizzou's facilities and fan support, and said he did not believe the program lacked the ability to win. "I think we have everything to be the last team standing one day, and that is my goal," Martin said.

In his most recent job at California, Martin finished 62-39 in three seasons while making both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT once. Martin quickly became a favorite for the job in Columbia after Kim Anderson was fired, and he said that he hopes to finish his coaching career in Columbia.

"If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years, then it's my plan to be here for 20 years," Martin said, "I pray this is my final stop."



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Missouri women advance past South Florida in NCAA opener http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-advance-past-south-florida-in-ncaa-opener-85673/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-women-advance-past-south-florida-in-ncaa-opener-85673/ Basketball Fri, 17 Mar 2017 7:23:18 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri women advance past South Florida in NCAA opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - No. 6-seed Mizzou women's basketball narrowly escaped an upset bid from No. 11-seed South Florida in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament, 66-64.

The game was tied at 64 when SEC Co-Freshman of the Year Amber Smith received the inbound pass with four seconds remaining. Smith shot an air ball, but senior Sierra Michaelis was there for an offensive rebound and made her put back attempt to give the Tigers the edge with under a second left. The Bulls couldn't get off a shot.

Michaelis finished as Mizzou's leading scorer with 16 points while also contributing nine rebounds. First-team All-SEC performer Sophie Cunningham pitched in 12 points, and sophomore Cierra Porter earned her sixth double-double of the season in the winning effort. 

South Florida got off to a strong start, outscoring Mizzou in both the first and second quarters, taking a 13-point lead into the half.

The Tigers responded in the second half, holding the Bulls to eight points in the third quarter. Mizzou cut the deficit to three points entering the fourth.

Mizzou took a 3-point advantage following a Lindsey Cunningham free throw, but the Bulls responded with a three from Kitija Laksa to tie it before the Michaelis game winner.

This is the second consecutive year Mizzou has made the round of 32. Last season, the Tigers fell to No. 2-seed Texas.

Mizzou will look forward to the winner of Florida State and Western Illinois. Tip off is slated for Sunday. 

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Fans react to Mizzou Men's Basketball hire of Cuonzo Martin http://www.komu.com/news/fans-react-to-mizzou-men-s-basketball-hire-of-cuonzo-martin/ http://www.komu.com/news/fans-react-to-mizzou-men-s-basketball-hire-of-cuonzo-martin/ Basketball Thu, 16 Mar 2017 5:17:58 PM Lauren Petterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Fans react to Mizzou Men's Basketball hire of Cuonzo Martin

COLUMBIA - Many fans are excited to have Cuonzo Martin as the Mizzou Men's Basketball team's new head coach.

“After seeing his win-lose ratio, I think it’s a pretty good indicator of his future success for Mizzou basketball as long as they play well with the new coach," MU student Jackson Marsch said. 

According to a press release from Mizzou Athletics, Martin has a nine-year head coaching record of 186-121.

Martin started his head coaching career at Missouri State University. He then moved on to the University of Tennessee and most recently, the University of California in Berkeley. 

“Hopefully it means good things," said Jonathan Paugh, a Mizzou Men's Basketball fan. "Kim Anderson was a good coach but things weren’t getting done, so things had to change and if he can bring along the recruits that he potentially can, then it should mean some good things ahead of us.”

Paugh said he used to go to men's basketball games pretty regularly, but hasn't gone as often this season. 

“I used to and then this year I went to a couple but I mean, if they’re better then I’ll definitely go to more," Paugh said.

Some fans are hoping Martin will be able to bring along Michael Porter, Jr. who is the number one basketball recruit in the country. The rumor is based on speculation Martin may hire Michael Porter, Sr. as an assistant coach. 

"With the assistant coach that he may or may not potentially bring on from Washington, bringing back the Porters, would, I think, be a really cool and unique piece of Columbia, since they’re originally here from Columbia," MU student James Bachman said. “I was really excited, because I know that he’s from California and he’s got a lot of really good recruits."

Marsch said, “I think it’ll probably attract some better players, hopefully."

Fans also think the new hire could bring more of a positive light to Mizzou. 

"I think that it’s going to change up the respect that people have for the university, since we’ve kind of been a program that’s gone back and forth, from one that used to be on the top and since has kind of dwindled a little bit," Bachman said. "I think it’s going to rebuild our program to be one that’s respected across the nation."

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Central Methodist Women advance to second round of NAIA Tournament http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-women-advance-to-second-round-of-naia-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-women-advance-to-second-round-of-naia-tournament/ Basketball Wed, 15 Mar 2017 6:54:35 PM Central Methodist Women advance to second round of NAIA Tournament

Billings, Mont. - The No. 5-seed Central Methodist Eagles women's squad moved past No. 4-seed Biola, 52-49, on Wednesday in the first round of the 2017 NAIA D1 Women's Basketball Tournament. They utilized defense as well as a 12-0 run to open the second half to move past Biola. 

CMU, now 24-9 on the year, will see No. 1-seed Lindsey Wilson College in the next round on Friday at 10 a.m. CT. 

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Cuonzo Martin named Missouri men's basketball coach http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-named-missouri-men-s-basketball-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-named-missouri-men-s-basketball-coach/ Basketball Wed, 15 Mar 2017 2:26:36 PM Austin Hough and Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters and Alex Lofaro, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Cuonzo Martin named Missouri men's basketball coach

COLUMBIA -The Missouri Tigers have found a new men's basketball coach: the University of California's Cuonzo Martin.



In a press release Thursday afternoon, Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk said,

"We are thrilled that Cuonzo is returning to the Midwest and that his family will now call Columbia home. From the outset of our search, our goal was to find a coach who had demonstrated success, academically and on the court, while also sharing our values and who can help to reignite interest in Mizzou Men's Basketball among our fan base.

I believe we found all of that and more with Cuonzo and I look forward to watching him compete for championships and postseason appearances for many years to come."

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Martin is getting a seven year deal for just over $21 million, or a little over $3 million per season.

At around 2 p.m., Martin resigned as the head basketball coach at California, suggesting that he had accepted a job "closer to home," according to a press release from the University of California's Athletic Department.

Director of Athletics Mike Williams said, "Cuonzo Martin has informed me this morning that he has resigned to accept a position at another school."

Martin, who's 45 years old, had been the coach of the Bears for three seasons. He had previous head coaching experience at Missouri State and Tennessee as well. 

In his nine years of coaching, Martin has amassed a 186-121 record, with two NCAA Tournament berths. He led Tennessee to the Sweet 16 in 2014.

Martin has not stayed in the same place for more than three seasons. The seven-year deal reported by Goodman matches the length of Sterk's contract.

Missouri has been searching for its next head coach since Kim Anderson was asked to step down from the position on March 5, after going 27-68 in three years.  

Martin has been praised for his local ties. He is an East St. Louis native and held the head coaching job at Missouri State from 2008-2011.


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Missouri advances, keeps Anderson era alive in SEC Tournament opener http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-advances-keeps-anderson-era-alive-in-sec-tournament-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-advances-keeps-anderson-era-alive-in-sec-tournament-opener/ Basketball Wed, 8 Mar 2017 11:12:57 PM The Associated Press Missouri advances, keeps Anderson era alive in SEC Tournament opener

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Puryear hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer, and Missouri rallied to beat Auburn 86-83 in overtime Wednesday night at the Southeastern Conference Tournament to keep coach Kim Anderson working at least one game longer.

The 14th-seeded Tigers (8-23) snapped a six-game skid by rallying from 10 points down in the final five minutes of regulation, including hitting back-to-back 3s within the final 17 seconds to force overtime. They came away with their first win since Feb. 11 to advance to Thursday and a game against sixth-seeded Mississippi.

T.J. Dunans hit only one free throw for Auburn with 1:36 left, then missed a layup with 29 seconds left with the game tied at 83. Missouri took a timeout with 15.3 seconds left to setup the final shot, and Puryear knocked down the shot before running to mid-court to celebrate.

Auburn (18-14) missed its final four shots of overtime.

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Kim Anderson out as Missouri head coach http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-out-as-missouri-head-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-out-as-missouri-head-coach/ Basketball Sun, 5 Mar 2017 2:26:43 PM Austin Hough and Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Kim Anderson out as Missouri head coach

COLUMBIA - Missouri men's basketball head coach Kim Anderson was asked for his resignation from athletic director Jim Sterk Sunday afternoon.

Anderson has been the Missouri coach for the past three seasons, going 26-67. 

The last three years were the first time any SEC program has had three-straight 20-loss seasons.

"Kim has represented our program with character, integrity and class while dedicating himself to developing our student-athletes on and off the basketball court," Sterk said in a press release Sunday. "Kim will always be a Tiger, and all of us are grateful for his contributions to our University."

Anderson was a player at Mizzou under legendary head coach Norm Stewart, winning Big 8 player of the year in 1977. 

Anderson won his 300th career game on Feb. 11 against Vanderbilt.

"This decision has been very difficult for me personally because of the tremendous respect I have for Kim," Sterk said. "I know how hard he and his staff have worked to turn the program around over the last three years, however, the lack of on-court success has resulted in a significant drop in interest surrounding our program, and we could not afford for that to continue another year."

Anderson will still coach in the SEC tournament, which starts Wednesday.

Sterk said the department is starting a national search for a new coach immediately, and it will use a search consultant to find potential new hires.

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Area scores March 4, 2017 http://www.komu.com/news/area-scores-march-4-2017/ http://www.komu.com/news/area-scores-march-4-2017/ Basketball Sat, 4 Mar 2017 6:35:52 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Area scores March 4, 2017

Here are your area scores for March 4, 2017:


Men's basketball: 89-78 Loss at Auburn

Baseball: 6-4 Win vs. University of Illinois-Chicago

Softball: 2-0 Win vs. Maryland; then lost 7-2 to Oregon

Wrestling: 6 wrestlers advance to MAC championships: John Erneste (133 pounds), Jaydin Eierman (141), Lavion Mayex (149), Joey Lavaelle (157), Daniel Lewis (165), and J'den Cox (197 pounds). The team, as a whole, leads the MAC Championships by 27 points.

High School Basketball

Rock Bridge defeated Blue Springs, 81-46, to win the Class 5, District 9 title.

Harrisburg boys basketball beats Clopton 58-57. Harrisburg junior Cade Combs put the Bulldogs ahead in final seconds to advance Harrisburg to the Class 2 State Semifinals.

New Bloomfield girls basketball loses to Scotland County 55-23 in the Class 2 quarterfinals.

Southern Boone County girls basketball lost to Strafford 61-34 in the Class 3 quarterfinals.


William Woods 73, Missouri Baptist 67. WWU advances to the American Midwest Conference Tournament Final.




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Missouri basketball loses regular season finale to Auburn http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-loses-regular-season-finale-to-auburn/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-loses-regular-season-finale-to-auburn/ Basketball Sat, 4 Mar 2017 6:12:31 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri basketball loses regular season finale to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. - The Missouri Tigers lost its regular season finale Saturday afternoon to the Auburn Tigers on Auburn's senior day, 89-78.

Scoring wasn't the issue for Mizzou (7-23, 2-16), as four different players tallied double figures, led by Kevin Puryear's 19. Puryear also recorded a team-high eight rebounds.

It was defense that doomed Missouri. Every Auburn player that saw the court scored. The home Tigers shot 56 percent from the floor. 

Auburn (18-13, 7-11 SEC) dominated other facets as well, out-rebounding Mizzou 41-32. The Auburn bench outscored Missouri's 37-13 and Auburn scored 28 more points in the paint.

Missouri had to work hard for every shot, not scoring a single fast break point and having nine of its shots blocked. Auburn scored 16 fast break points.

Auburn is 2-0 against Missouri this season. These two teams will meet for a third and final time Wednesday in the first round of the SEC tournament in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Missouri basketball extends road losing streak at Ole Miss http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-extends-road-losing-streak-at-ole-miss/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-basketball-extends-road-losing-streak-at-ole-miss/ Basketball Sat, 25 Feb 2017 4:41:12 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri basketball extends road losing streak at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. - The Missouri Tigers basketball team lost its 34th consecutive road game Saturday, falling to Ole Miss 80-77.

Missouri (7-21, 2-14 SEC) took a 72-71 lead with 3:11 left following a dead-ball technical foul on the Rebels. However, Ole Miss countered with a Sebastian Saiz three and never relinquished the lead again.

Freshman guard Frankie Hughes led the Tigers with 22 points to go along with three assists and two rebounds. This was his third 20-point game of the season, first since he did it back-to-back games against Alabama A&M and Xavier in November. 

Ole Miss (18-11, 9-7 SEC) received a strong effort from guard Deandre Burnett. Burnett tallied 28 points, five assists and three reounds.

This is the second time Ole Miss has beaten Missouri this season. The Rebels beat the Tigers 75-71 Jan. 21 in Columbia.

The Tigers return home for senior night Tuesday against Texas A&M before ending the season Saturday at Auburn.

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Local scores Fri. 2/24 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-fri-2-24/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-fri-2-24/ Basketball Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:17:21 PM Edward Redler Local scores Fri. 2/24

Basketball scores from the night that was:


Hickman def. Fort Zumwalt North, 88-67

Rock Bridge def. Helias, 71-56. Bruins advance to district semifinals Thursday.



Lutheran St. Charles def. North Callaway, 62-60. Lutheran wins the class-three district-seven championship.

Southern Boone County def. St. James, 41-29. Southern Boone wins class-three district-nine championship. 

New Bloomfield def. Eugene, 62-59. The Lady Cats complete comeback and are moving on to sectionals next week.


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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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