KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Basketball Basketball en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 20 Jan 2018 HH:01:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/point-guard-blake-harris-transferring-from-mizzou/ Basketball Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:58:17 AM Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Point guard Blake Harris transferring from Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Blake Harris is leaving Missouri to return closer to home.

Reports surfaced, one of which he reposted on his twitter account, Wednesday that the former Tigers point guard will transfer to North Carolina State.

Harris announced his release and intention to transfer Jan. 5. He said then that he would prefer to be close to his home in North Carolina.

Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers head coach, released a statement confirming the transfer.

Harris scored 3.8 points, 3.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 steal in 13.9 minutes of play. He was in starting lineup towards the latter part of the season.

It's the second freshman guard the Tigers have lost due to transfers. Redshirt freshman C.J. Roberts also left Mizzou earlier this season.

Harris left a goodbye message to Tigers fans.

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Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77 http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ http://www.komu.com/news/geist-leads-missouri-past-green-bay-100-77/ Basketball Sun, 10 Dec 2017 9:39:48 AM The Associated Press Geist leads Missouri past Green Bay 100-77

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Geist, a role player known most for his scrappy style, scored 28 points Saturday night to help Missouri beat Green Bay 100-77.

Geist, a reserve guard who entered the game averaging 5.2 points, turned into a scoring machine, exceeding his previous career high by 10. Geist had 18 points at halftime on 7-of-8 shooting. He continued his efficient play in the second half, finishing 11 of 14 from the field. He even dunked — sort of, as the ball got a bit of the rim — on a breakaway after a steal.

Green Bay (3-5) hit five of its first seven shots and opened a 13-4 lead. Missouri's Kevin Puryear tied it at 21 with a driving layup with 11:30 left before halftime, and Jordan Barnett's 3-pointer a few minutes later gave the Tigers a 29-21 lead. It only got worse for the Phoenix, who couldn't stop penetration by Missouri's guards. By halftime, the Tigers led 60-40.

Turnovers have been a problem for Missouri (8-2) early in the season, but it only had eight against Green Bay. Barnett finished with 19 points, Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Jontay Porter finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Walk-on Adam Wolf, a fan favorite, got the Tigers to the 100-point mark with a 3-pointer in the final minute.

David Jesperson made 5 of 6 3-pointers and led the Phoenix with 17 points. Khalil Small added 12, Will Chevalier scored 11 and Hunter Crist finished with 10.


Green Bay: Saturday's game was a reunion for Phoenix coach Linc Darner. He was a teammate of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin at Purdue from 1992-95. Darner scored 437 career points for the Boilermakers, while Martin racked up 1,666 career points.

Missouri: Coach Martin announced Friday that freshman C.J. Roberts plans to transfer. Roberts, 6-foot point guard from Irving, Texas, was expected to redshirt this season. The Tigers usually play three point guards, and none of them are seniors, so prospects for future playing time were cloudy. "We wish him nothing but the best, and we will assist him in any way possible," Martin said.


Green Bay: The Phoenix will visit Indiana State (4-5) on Tuesday.

Missouri: The Tigers have the week off for final exams and return to court Saturday with a home game against North Florida (3-7).

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Carroll-Bowers Alumni Game set for Saturday, July 22 http://www.komu.com/news/carroll-bowers-alumni-game-set-for-saturday-july-22/ http://www.komu.com/news/carroll-bowers-alumni-game-set-for-saturday-july-22/ Basketball Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:05:33 PM Reese Johnson and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Carroll-Bowers Alumni Game set for Saturday, July 22

COLUMBIA - Former MU Basketball players DeMarre Carroll and Laurence Bowers are teaming up to host an alumni basketball game featuring former Missouri basketball and football players.

The game will be played Saturday, July 22 at Mizzou Arena.

Bowers stopped by Sports Xtra with Chris Gervino on Sunday to preview the game, discuss the charities it will benefit and catch up on life after his Tiger career.

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Jontay Porter: "A Safe Assumption" to Reclassify for the 2017-18 Season http://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-a-safe-assumption-to-reclassify-for-the-2017-18-season/ http://www.komu.com/news/jontay-porter-a-safe-assumption-to-reclassify-for-the-2017-18-season/ Basketball Thu, 13 Jul 2017 9:01:08 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Jontay Porter:

AUGUSTA, GA. - According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Jontay Porter said it is "a safe assumption" that he will reclassify and join the Missouri basketball team for the 2017-18 season.

Jontay, the younger brother of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr., is currently ranked as the 14th best recruit in the country by 247sports in the class of 2018.

Porter announced his commitment to the Tigers in May, but stayed quiet about potential reclassification, stating that he would announce his decison around the time of Peach Jam, currently taking place in Augusta, GA.

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Police: Man turns himself in after driving through, damaging Mizzou Arena http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-turns-himself-in-after-driving-through-damaging-mizzou-arena/ http://www.komu.com/news/police-man-turns-himself-in-after-driving-through-damaging-mizzou-arena/ Basketball Mon, 26 Jun 2017 5:33:02 PM Claire Peralta, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Police: Man turns himself in after driving through, damaging Mizzou Arena

COLUMBIA -   A man drove into Mizzou Arena through a closed gate on the south side early Sunday morning and then turned himself in later that afternoon, according to the MU Police Department.

Police said Nathaniel Conant was driving a Volkswagen Passat and entered the arena through a garage door on the dock area and drove around damaging golf carts before driving out of the arena through the press gate in the same dock area.

Police said Conant drove into the arena at 4 a.m. and the damage was first reported three hours later. Conant reported to police just before 4 p.m., a statement said.



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Frankie Hughes Transfers to Duquesne http://www.komu.com/news/frankie-hughes-transfers-to-duquesne/ http://www.komu.com/news/frankie-hughes-transfers-to-duquesne/ Basketball Sat, 24 Jun 2017 7:28:05 PM Eric Kelly, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Frankie Hughes Transfers to Duquesne

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri Guard Frankie Hughes announced on Twitter Saturday that he will transfer to Duquesne University to continue his basketball career.

Hughes came to Missouri as a three-star recruit from Cleveland, Ohio.

In one season with the Tigers, Hughes averaged 7.6 points per game, inlcuding a career high 24 points against Xavier in November.

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Incoming Missouri freshman basketball center Tilmon arrested http://www.komu.com/news/incoming-missouri-freshman-basketball-center-tilmon-arrested/ http://www.komu.com/news/incoming-missouri-freshman-basketball-center-tilmon-arrested/ Basketball Mon, 19 Jun 2017 5:12:09 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Incoming Missouri freshman basketball center Tilmon arrested

COLUMBIA - Incoming Missouri freshman center Jeremiah Tilmon was arrested on a minor in possession charge by MUPD on Friday morning. 

Tilmon, a 6'10" top-50 recruit, was one of the late additions to Mizzou's top-10 recruiting class of 2017 following the signing of coach and fellow East St. Louis native Cuonzo Martin in April.

The Missouri Men's Basketball program released a statement saying it is aware of the incident and will handle matters internally.

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Highly touted center Tilmon commits to Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/highly-touted-center-tilmon-commits-to-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/highly-touted-center-tilmon-commits-to-missouri/ Basketball Mon, 15 May 2017 8:49:26 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Highly touted center Tilmon commits to Missouri

COLUMBIA - Jeremiah Tilmon announced his commitment to the University of Missouri on Monday, just over one month after being released from his National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois.

Tilmon, a 6'10" center, is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois, the same hometown as new Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.

During his senior season at East St. Louis High School, Tilmon averaged 15.3 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game as the Flyers finished 18-8 falling in the Regional Championship of the Illinois High School Association playoffs. 

With the addition of Tilmon, Missouri lands another top-50 national prospect for the 2017 recruiting class. The country's top recruit, Columbia native Michael Porter Jr. announced his commitment to Mizzou in March. 


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Walton, Hughes to transfer from Mizzou basketball program http://www.komu.com/news/walton-hughes-to-transfer-from-mizzou-basketball-program/ http://www.komu.com/news/walton-hughes-to-transfer-from-mizzou-basketball-program/ Basketball Tue, 4 Apr 2017 7:08:59 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Walton, Hughes to transfer from Mizzou basketball program

COLUMBIA – The Mizzou basketball team announced in a statement on Tuesday that sophomore guard K.J. Walton and freshman guard Frankie Hughes plan to transfer from the program.

In his two seasons with the Tigers, Walton averaged 6.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He also appeared in 63 games with 24 starts. Hughes averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game and appeared in 30 games in his one season with the Tigers. He played 19.3 minutes per game in his freshman season.

“We wish K.J. and Frankie the best in their future academic and athletic pursuits,” head coach Cuonzo Martin said. “We will support both of them as much as possible, and assist in their transitions to the best of our ability.”

Walton and Hughes have not yet announced where they plan to transfer.

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Michael Porter Jr. wins McDonald's All-American Game MVP http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-wins-mcdonald-s-all-american-game-mvp/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-wins-mcdonald-s-all-american-game-mvp/ Basketball Wed, 29 Mar 2017 8:31:12 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Michael Porter Jr. wins McDonald's All-American Game MVP

CHICAGO - Mizzou basketball commit Michael Porter Jr. won MVP of the 40th McDonald's All-American Game Wednesday night.

Porter Jr.'s West team defeated the East 109-107, as he scored a game-high 17 points and added eight rebounds, second-most among all players.

Porter Jr. committed to Mizzou March 24. He won the Gatorade National Player of the Year award, given to the top high school player annually, and is the top-ranked player in his graduating class, according to ESPN.

After the game, "M-I-Z, Z-O-U" chants were audible amongst fans.

Porter Jr. has said he is using his time to recruit undecided players. One undecided player, Kevin Knox, scored 15 points for the East team.

ESPN interviewed Porter Jr. during the game about his younger brother Jontay Porter. He said he hopes that Jontay, a 2018 player, will reclassify to 2017 so that they could play together, but it's ultimately Jontay's decision.

He added that Jontay doesn't have a timetable to decide.

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Harrisburg hires new head basketball coach http://www.komu.com/news/harrisburg-hires-new-head-basketball-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/harrisburg-hires-new-head-basketball-coach/ Basketball Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:12:15 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Harrisburg hires new head basketball coach

COLUMBIA - Harrisburg high school has found its new head boys varsity basketball coach.

The Bulldogs promoted assistant coach Kyle Fisher to fill the void left behind by longtime coach Steve Combs.

Fisher is a former Harrisburg player and longtime assistant to Combs.

Combs, who had been coaching the Bulldogs since 1999, announced his retirement March 15 to become superintendent of the Harrisburg school district.

Harrisburg finished in third place in the Class II state playoffs this past season.



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Kim Anderson hired by Pittsburg State http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-hired-by-pittsburg-state/ http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-hired-by-pittsburg-state/ Basketball Fri, 24 Mar 2017 4:43:50 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Kim Anderson hired by Pittsburg State

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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