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By JAKE KREINBERG
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After his team edged Missouri 61-60 on Saturday, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson described the win as “fortunate.”
The Razorbacks could only watch as Missouri sophomore guard Wes Clark shot two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining, down by a single point. Both attempts bounced off the rim and missed, leaving Arkansas elated and Missouri stunned.
Arkansas’ Rashad Madden grabbed the rebound, but wasn’t fouled as the Tigers stood in shock.
“I’m sure if Wes shot those free throws nine other times, he would make them,” Anderson said. “But this afternoon, it shined on the Razorbacks.”
Alandise Harris scored 14 points while Bobby Portis added 12 and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Arkansas (15-4, 4-2), which moved to 2-1 on the road in Southeastern Conference play this season and 12-36 away from Bud Walton Arena in four years under Anderson.
Montaque Gill-Caesar scored 16 points to lead Missouri (7-12, 1-5), which lost its fifth consecutive game and eighth in its last 10. Johnathan Williams III added 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Keith Shamburger chipped in 10 points.
“Wes Clark didn’t lose the game,” first-year Tigers coach Kim Anderson said adamantly. “Without him, that situation probably wouldn’t have occurred. No one feels worse than Wes Clark about missing two free throws.”
Arkansas built a 21-16 edge early before watching Missouri use a 12-2 run that propelled the Tigers to a 34-30 halftime lead. The Razorbacks’ full-court press didn’t faze Missouri, which committed three turnovers and grabbed a 23-13 rebounding advantage in the opening 20 minutes.
Arkansas found a rhythm out of the locker room, though, scoring 11 of the first 14 points of the half and reminding the Tigers of their 62-50 loss at Texas A&M on Wednesday in which they were outscored 38-19 in the second half.
The Tigers fought back again, tying the game at 41 before the teams largely traded baskets for the rest of the game. A 3-pointer by Gill-Caesar gave Missouri a 60-59 lead with 1:53 remaining followed by a 2-pointer by Madden 29 seconds later.
Neither team would score again.
Clark finished with eight points, including four on two jumpers in the final five minutes to twice cut Missouri’s deficit to two points. He made 2 of 4 free throw attempts and has converted 30 of 42 this season; the Tigers finished 7 of 11 as a team from the line.
“It was a team effort,” Gill-Caesar said. “It wasn’t his fault. After the game, that’s exactly what we told him. We win together; we lose together. Today it just didn’t go our way, but it’s nobody’s fault.”
A smattering of boos followed Anderson onto the court pregame, though not as many as in past seasons. The fourth-year Arkansas coach compiled a 111-57 record at Missouri from 2006-11 before abruptly heading southwest.
One of the loudest cheers of the day from a season-best 11,022 in attendance came during halftime when officials presented football coach Gary Pinkel with the Battle Line Rivalry trophy stemming from his team’s 21-14 win against the Razorbacks on Nov. 28 to capture the SEC East title.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks made 23 of 63 shots (36.5 percent) and tied the Tigers on the boards at 39, grabbing a 16-13 edge on the offensive glass.
Missouri: The Tigers only committed eight turnovers (but forced just three) and finished 23 of 58 (39.7 percent) from the field.
SEASON-LOW FOR RAZORBACKS
Arkansas had been the only SEC team to score at least 65 points in each of its games this season before Saturday. Missouri held Arkansas to 22.5 points below its SEC-best average of 83.5 per game.
Arkansas won its second consecutive squeaker after defeating Alabama 93-91 in overtime less than 40 hours before tip-off Saturday. The Razorbacks had lost their two previous games to drop out of the rankings.
“We needed to bounce back with a 2-0 week,” Harris said. “We’ll just do it game by game, week by week. And then we’ll be where we’re supposed to be at the end.”
Arkansas returns home to face Tennessee on Tuesday.
Missouri hosts No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday.
By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The winning play was simple: Get the ball to Treveon Graham and step aside.
Graham threw the inbounds pass, got it right back and then drove the distance for a tiebreaking layup with 0.9 seconds left, and No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth held off Saint Louis 63-61 on Friday night for its 11th consecutive victory.
“I always want the ball in those types of situations,” Graham said. “I’m either going to make a shot or find my teammates.”
Graham didn’t worry about beating the clock, just about beating the defense to the rim. He missed most of the practice week with an ankle injury but played 32 minutes.
“Tre’s a terrific player and he made a big-time play,” VCU coach Shaka Smart said. “When he got the ball back you could just see the look in his eye.”
Saint Louis knew what was coming, and couldn’t do anything about it.
“Obviously not good defense if you give up a layup,” coach Jim Crews said. “So that was misplayed by us, but Graham’s a really good player.”
Graham had 21 points and Briante Weber scored 15 for VCU (16-3, 6-0 Atlantic 10). Graham twice missed a pair at the line in the second half, helping the Billikens (9-10, 1-5) stay close.
“We could have been in a little better position,” Smart said. “The rest of our team shot much better from the foul line, and he obviously made the shot he had to make.”
The Rams are 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 2006-07, when the school was in the Colonial Athletic Association. Saint Louis has lost six of seven and is 0-2 against ranked foes, but fared much better than early December when it lost by 29 at Wichita State.
“I think we moved it down another mile marker, so that’s good,” Crews said. “We’re not real pleased we got beat at all. Not whatsoever. Not happy about that.”
Milik Yarbrough had 15 points and six rebounds for Saint Louis. Austin McBroom scored 12, the last two on a hanging shot in the lane for a 60-58 lead with 39 seconds to go. Marcus Bartley added eight points and seven rebounds.
Ash Yacoubou made the second of two free throws to tie it at 61 with 7 seconds to go after Jordan Burgess’ first 3-pointer of the game put the Rams up with 19.6 seconds left.
“Coach always says if you’re a shooter, just keep shooting,” Burgess said. “My teammates had faith in me.”
Saint Louis got two chances to break the tie, the last with 0.2 seconds to go, but couldn’t get off a shot.
The Rams won the first 10 games in their streak by an average of nearly 14 points per game.
VCU leads an exceptionally tight series 4-3, outscoring Saint Louis by just 349-340, and had lost the last two in St. Louis against teams that won consecutive A-10 titles. Crews is rebuilding with five new starters.
VCU: Weber had two steals, passing Temple’s Pepe Sanchez (1996-00) for third place on the Division I career list. Weber has 366 steals and needs 20 more to become the career leader. Ahead are two Providence players – Eric Murdock had 376 from 1997-01 and John Linehan had 385 from 1998-02.
Saint Louis: Yarbrough had just two points in the first half. His dunk on a putback over a handful of players was the most impressive play by either side, cutting the deficit to four with 4:05 to go.
VCU: The next two games are at home, against George Washington on Tuesday and Richmond on Friday.
Saint Louis: At George Mason on Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Martez Harrison scored 23 points to lead Missouri-Kansas City – which scored 51 points in the second half – over Seattle 75-55 on Saturday.
Harrison was 4 of 9 beyond the arc and was 7 of 14 overall from the floor. UMKC (8-13, 3-1 WAC) made 12 of 33 3-point attempts.
Seattle led 25-24 at the end of a tightly-contested first half as Jarell Flora made 5 of 7 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, for 12 points before intermission.
The Redhawks went up by eight three minutes into the second, but UMKC erased that with an 11-2 spurt which tied it at 40 with 12:44 left. The Kangaroos later went on a 17-2 run – including 3-pointers by four different players – to take a commanding lead.
Flora finished with 21 for Seattle (10-9, 3-2) and Isiah Umipig added 20 points, including 11 of 12 free throws.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Warren Jones scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer, and Bradley withstood a second-half rally by Missouri State for a 61-59 win on Saturday night.
A pair of free throws by Austin Ruder pulled Missouri State (8-12, 2-6 Missouri Valley), which lost its sixth-consecutive game, within one with 1:56 to play.
Tramique Sutherland found Jones for a 3-pointer 25 seconds later to make it 60-56.
Missouri State’s Chris Kendrix and Bradley’s Josh Cunningham each made 1 of 2 free throws and the Braves led by four with 15 seconds remaining.
Ruder’s jumper cut it 61-59 just six seconds later but missed a jumper to tie it with three seconds left and a potential winning 3 as time expired.
Bradley (7-14, 2-6), which shot 55 percent from the field and made 5 of 10 3-pointers in the first half, made just two field goals in the final 11 minutes.
Ruder led Missouri State with 15 points.
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Deville Smith scored 18 points and Twymond Howard chipped in 17 to help Tennessee-Martin roll to a 70-53 victory over Southeast Missouri on Saturday night.
Smith was 6 of 11 from the floor and had four assists. Howard made 4 of 8 field goals and was 9 of 14 from the line. Alex Anderson had 13 points and Marshun Newell added 12 points with nine rebounds for UT Martin (12-7, 4-2 Ohio Valley).
The Skyhawks had a one-point lead and used a 12-4 surge to stretch it to 59-50 with 4:35 to play. Southeast Missouri `s Isiah Jones then split a pair of free throws, but the Redhawks didn’t score again until Josh Langford made a layup with 28 seconds left.
Jones scored 21 points and Antonius Cleveland 11 for Southeast Missouri (9-11, 3-4).
Below you will find the Ozark Radio Sports broadcast schedule for the upcoming week. Bookmark this page as this schedule will be updated as the week moves forward as several teams are playing in tournaments.
Monday January 26th
7:30 – 102.5 KDY – Lady Zizzers vs Carthage (Carthage Tournament) LIVE STREAM
5:00 –93.9 Q94 Jack FM – Cabool vs Stoutland (Conway Invitational)
Tuesday January 27th
7:00 – 102.5 KDY – Grizzlies vs Mineral Area College LIVE STREAM
7:30 – KUKU 100.3 – Willow Springs vs Mt. Grove (Mt. Grove Tournament)
Wednesday January 28th
7:30 – 102.5 KDY - Zizzer Boys vs Central (Bolivar Tournament) LIVE STREAM
Thursday January 29th
6:15 – 96.9 The Fox – Cabool vs TBD (Conway Invitational) LIVE STREAM
7:30 – KUKU 100.3 – Willow Springs vs TBD (IF THEY WIN ON TUESDAY)
7:30 – 93.9 Q94 Jack FM – Missouri Tigers vs Kentucky
Friday January 30th
7:30 – 93.9 Q94 Jack FM– Lady Zizzers vs Mt. Vernon (Carthage Tournament) LIVE STREAM
7:30 – 102.5 KDY – Zizzer Boys vs Savannah (Bolivar Tournament) LIVE STREAM
7:30 – KUKU 100.3 – Willow Springs vs TBD (IF THEY LOSE ON TUESDAY) (Mt. Grove Tournament)
7:30 – 96.9 The Fox – Liberty vs Lesterville LIVE STREAM
Saturday January 31st
2:30 – 93.9 Q94 Jack FM – Missouri Tigers vs Ole Miss
12:00/1:30/3:00 – 96.9 The Fox - Lady Zizzers vs TBD (Carthage Tournament) LIVE STREAM
12:00/1:30/3:00 – 102.5 KDY - Zizzer Boys vs TBD (Bolivar Tournament) LIVE STREAM
4:30 / 6:00/ 7:30 – KUKU 100.3 – Willow Springs vs TBD (Mt. Grove Tournament)
5:00/6:15/7:30 – 96.9 The Fox – Cabool vs TBD (Conway Invitational) LIVE STREAM
7:00 – 102.5 KDY – Grizzlies vs Moberly LIVE STREAM
Several area teams will be in tournament play this week, we have collected several of the brackets and have posted them below so that you can keep track of your favorite team. Also check out the Ozark Radio Sports Broadcast Schedule so you can tune in to your favorite team.
80th Annual Liberator Tournament - Teams: West Plains, Bolivar , Central, Savannah, Odessa, Clever.
Carthage Lady Tiger Classic-2015 -Teams: West Plains Lady Zizzers, Carthage, Republic, Joplin, Pittsburg, Mt. Vernon.
Family Pharmacy Panther Classis 2015 - Teams: Willow Springs , Mountain Grove Hartville, Dora, Salem, Bakersfield, Marshfield, Ava.
Conway Invitational 2015 -Teams: Cabool, Conway, Stoutland, Warsaw, Laquey, Buffalo
The West Plains Zizzers secured a huge Ozark Conference win Friday night, as they hit the road and traveled north to face the Camdenton Lakers. Four quarters was not enough to contain this game as it stretched into double overtime. Harlin Hutchison filed this report.
West Plains: 75
Then on Saturday the Zizzers played a Non-Conference match up in the annual Camdenton Shoot-Out. The Zizzers faced against Class 5 Poplar Bluff, with Poplar Bluff coming out on top 54-68.
Poplar Bluff: 68
The Zizzer Boy’s will be back in action on Wednesday night, as they travel to Bolivar for the 80th Annual Liberator Basketball Tournament .
The Willow Springs Bears won there their 2nd straight game Friday night, beating Norwood 74 to 55. Marty Spence filed this report.
The Bears will now go for three in a row as they open the Mt. Grove Tournament Tuesday against the host team at 7:30.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Martez Harrison scored 17 points and Missouri-Kansas City closed the game with a 21-6 run to defeat Cal State Bakersfield 66-63 on Thursday.
Frank Williams Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 5:14 left to start a 9-0 run that ended with two Harrison free throws that pulled the Kangaroos (7-13, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) with 57-54 at 3:16.
After Brent Wrapp made a free throw for the Roadrunners (5-14, 1-3), UMKC scored eight straight to lead 62-58 with 1:29 to go.
Bakersfield scored on consecutive possession but the Kangaroos were making their free throws, the last two by Harrison for the final margin with 26 seconds left. After a Roadrunner turnover, Reese Holliday missed two free throws at nine seconds but Javonte Manyor’s game-tying attempt was blocked with a second left.
Tyrell Corbin led Bakersfield with 16 points, Dashawn Richmond had 15 and Maynor 14.