January 28, 2015

Kangaroos overcome late deficit to knock off CSU Bakersfield

FZYMWMWPCKAOVPT.20150117224545The UMKC men’s basketball squad came up big on Thursday night in the second half, turning a 12-point deficit with 5:32 to play into a 66-63 victory over CSU Bakersfield at Municipal Auditorium, making it back-to-back wins at home. UMKC freshman Collin Jennings blocked a three-point attempt in the corner with one second remaining to seal it.

The 12-point comeback was the biggest of the season in a win for the ‘Roos, who also came from 11 back last Saturday in the win against Chicago State.

“We really showed some toughness tonight,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said. “Even though we didn’t shoot well from the line, we played very good on the defensive end down the stretch. We also took care of the basketball in the second half with only one turnover.” [Read more…]

Chiefs game in London Nov. 1st will kickoff at 8:30am local time

KCChiefsEach of the three NFL games to be played in London next season will have morning start times in the United States.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins will play on Oct. 4 at Wembley Stadium, then the league will play consecutive weeks in London for the first time when Buffalo and Jacksonville meet on Oct. 25 and Detroit takes on Kansas City on Nov. 1.

All three start times will be 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

Since the London series began in 2007, most of the start times were 1 p.m. ET in the U.S., although the Lions and Falcons played at 9:30 a.m. ET in one of this past season’s three games.

Road woes continue as Mizzou squanders halftime, falls at Texas A&M

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at MissouriJalen Jones and Danuel House both scored 16 points as the Texas A&M Aggies captured a 62-50 win over the Missouri Tigers in an SEC battle at Reed Arena.

Jones, who shot 5-of-10 from the floor, added a team-best nine rebounds for the Aggies (12-5, 3-2 SEC) as they extended their win streak to three in a row. Alex Caruso pitched in with 11 points for the hosts as well.

The Tigers (7-11, 1-4) were paced by Wes Clark who tallied a game-high 18 points, hitting 4-of-6 shots behind the 3-point line, adding six assists and five steals for a squad that has dropped four straight decisions.

Missouri opened the meeting on a 7-2 run and shot an impressive 52.2 percent from the floor in the first half, converting 5-of-8 beyond the arc on the way to a 31-24 edge at the break. Texas A&M managed to knock down just one-third of its 24 field goal attempts through the first 20 minutes of action.

In the second half the roles reversed as the Aggies hit on 52.2 percent and the visitors a total of only eight field goals. The Tigers failed to make it to the free-throw line after intermission and were outscored at the stripe, 9-0, en route to the double-digit setback.

Texas A&M won the battle of the boards, 37-24, and also outscored Missouri by a 15-2 margin at the line.

Gary Pinkel adds former Tiger Phil Pitts to coaching staff as defensive analyst

Pinkel1Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Phil Pitts has joined the Mizzou Football staff as a defensive analyst, as announced today by Head Coach Gary Pinkel.

Pitts, who played in 40 games as a Tiger for Pinkel from 2001-04, comes on board after a stellar high school coaching career at Helias Catholic High School in his hometown of Jefferson City, Mo. Pitts has been head coach at Helias for the past four seasons, and compiled a 40-15 record while winning district championships each year and finishing as Missouri Class 4 state runner up in two of those years (2012 and 2013). Prior to that, Pitts was an assistant coach on the Helias staff for six seasons (2005-10).

“We’re excited to have Phil join our coaching staff,” said Pinkel. “Here’s a guy who came through our program during our building phase, and he demonstrated great leadership in some difficult times, and clearly had a passion for the game of football. He’s done great things at a first-class program like Helias, and we are looking forward to Phil adding his skills to our team,” Pinkel said. [Read more…]

Missouri State hangs tough for a half but Shockers prove too much for Bears

MSUlogoNo. 14 Wichita State (17-2, 7-0 MVC) knocked down 11 3-pointers and out-rebounded home standing Missouri State by 16 in a 76-53 Shockers’ win here Wednesday before a season-best crowd of 8,674 at JQH Arena.

Starting guards Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton each scored 15 for WSU, which became the first Valley team since 1924 to win 25 straight league games. The Shockers also got 14 points from Darius Carter to improve to 6-1 on the road this season.

Missouri State (8-11, 2-5) got 10 points apiece from Chris Kendrix and Dorrian Williams with Tyler McCullough adding 8, and Loomis Gerring ripping down a game-high 6 rebounds.

The Bears kept things close in the early going with 11 lead changes in the first 10 minutes. But, the Shockers gained separation at the foul line, using charity shots by Rashard Kelly and VanVleet to turn a narrow 17-16 advantage into a 21-16 lead with 7 minutes left in the opening half.

The Shockers dropped in three 3-pointers from there and pushed ahead by 10 briefly on Cotton’s long bomb at the 3-minute mark. [Read more…]