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     AMES, Iowa (AP) – Nobody was thinking about coach Bill Self’s 500th win or the Big 12 title when a loss to Oklahoma State kicked off a rare three-game slide for Kansas.
     The Jayhawks have responded with five straight victories, including Self’s milestone win on Monday night.
     Now the conference crown that seemed out of reach is Kansas’ to lose.
     Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points – including eight in the final 29 seconds of regulation and 12 in overtime – and No. 6 Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State 108-96.
     Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12), who snapped Iowa State’s 22-game home winning streak and kept pace with No. 13 Kansas State – which has already lost twice to Kansas – atop the Big 12.

The Zizzers shocked the Cassville Wildcats Monday night in the district play.

Cody Sanders reporting:

Next the Zizzer Boys go up against Logan Rogersville on Thursday.


The Lady Zizzers go up against Rogersville tonight on KDY at 7:30pm. If they win tonight they
will go on to play the District Championship this weekend.

 On Saturday, February 23rd, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home students competed against 8 other community colleges in an intramural basketball tournament at ASU-Jonesboro’s Red WOLF Center.  The team from ASUMH, known as the ASU-Mountain Men, won against University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) 66-29, lost to East Arkansas Community College (EACC) and to Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) by 6 and 11 points respectively. This is the first year ASUMH has competed in the tournament.  

Pictured in the back row, left to right: Coach John Davidson, Brayden McCurley, Alec Wilbur, Cody Deeley, Blake Baumunk, and Ryan Rich

Front row, left to right: Cory Cook, Shea Crawford, Assistant Coach Rickey Crawford, Brandon Barnes, Isaac Vincent, and Colin Crawford

For more information, contact Mason Campbell, Director of Student Services at ASUMH, at (870) 508-6168.

Christy Case Keirn
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Arkansas State University-Mountain Home

     NEW YORK (AP) – Zach Randolph had 16 points and 14 rebounds, Marc Gasol scored 14 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their seventh straight game, 76-72 over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
     Tony Allen chipped in 12 points, including two free throws with 19.5 seconds left to give Memphis a 74-72 lead. Allen was originally credited with a basket after Brooklyn’s MarShon Brooks was called for goaltending. After the referees looked over replays they switched their call and gave Allen two shots after he was grabbed by Nets forward Mirza Teletovic on the field goal attempt.
     Deron Williams, who led Brooklyn with 24 points, then turned the ball over as he attempted to pass it to Teletovic. Williams fouled Mike Conley, who sealed it with a pair of free throws.
     Tayshaun Prince had 11 points to help the Grizzlies improve to 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 80 points.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500’s preliminary television ratings are much higher than last year’s.

Sunday afternoon’s race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox. That’s up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night. The network said Monday it was the highest overnight rating since 2006.

Jimmie Johnson won the race while Patrick was eighth, the best finish by a woman at the Daytona 500.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The opening of Missouri’s catch-and-keep trout season is coming up.
The Missouri Department of Conservation says Friday, March 1, marks the opening of the trout season at Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk Park, Roaring River State Park and Meramec Spring Park. The department operates hatcheries at all four trout parks.

The long-range weather forecast for March 1 points to highs in the 40s and a small chance of rain. But the four state parks will be stocked with more than 25,000 trout. About 8,600 anglers are expected to turn out.

Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to fire the opening pistol at Montauk Hatchery near Licking, where about 2,500 people are expected.

(West Plains) The MSU-West Plains Grizzlies would like to be Region 16 regular season basketball champions.  That distinction will do little more than guarantee a bypass of the Region 16 play-in game next week. But it would be a nice reward for two months of tough games leading up to the post season tournament at Hillsboro next week.

Standing in the way is the Moberly Greyhounds, who will visit the West Plains Civic Center at 7 pm Saturday for what will be the final regular season game. If the Grizzlies win and Mineral Area beats State Fair, the Grizzlies would win the league outright. But at worst, a Grizzly win insures a tie for the league regular season title at worst.

The Grizzlies defeated Moberly at Fitzsimmons-John Arena on Ground Hog Day, February second by a score of 62-58.  The Grizzlies missed 7 straight free throws in the last 90 seconds to give the Greyhounds a chance at rallying.

In last season’s matchup at the Civic Center, the Grizzlies blew a lead and lost to Moberly in double overtime, 89-88. Grizzlies’ coach Yancey Walker says he hasn’t forgotten what happened last year.

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MSU-West Plains is 20-9 and 5-2 in region play while Moberly is 22-7 and 4-3. Game time at the Civic Center is 7 pm Saturday and 6:50 on KKDY and

Missouri State Sports Information Reporting

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State freshman guard Tyonna Snow scored a career-high 29 points, including a school-record 18 from the free throw line, to lead the Lady Bears (13-13, 5-9 Missouri Valley Conference) to an 81-74 victory over MVC rival Southern Illinois (4-20, 1-12) Thursday evening at JQH Arena.

Snow shot 18-for-26 from the charity stripe to break Jackie Stiles’ record of 17 makes set in the 2000 MVC Tournament, and added six rebounds and seven steals for the No. 8 single game total in school history (she already sits at No. 4 on that list with eight steals in the season opener). Her 29 total points are also the most for an MSU freshman since Casey Garrison scored 33 against Western Kentucky in December 2008.

Kenzie Williams threatened a triple-double with 12 points and career-highs of nine rebounds and seven assists, and Whitney Edie came on strong late in the game to finish with 13 points and 10 boards for her ninth double-double of the season as the Lady Bears overcame a 64-55 deficit with 8:00 remaining.

NiJay Gaines started an 8-0 MSU run at that point to pull the Lady Bears to 64-63 with 5:44 left, and a Karly Buer 3-pointer made it 67-66 before Snow drained two free throws for a 68-all tie and made another for the 69-68 advantage with 3:38 to go. Edie’s 3-point play at 2:54 made it a 6-0 run and 72-68 MSU lead, and Missouri State scored four straight points from 72-70 to go up 76-70 with 49 seconds left.

Snow hit two more free throws with 17.2 seconds left for the school record and a 79-74 lead, and Buer added two with 1.2 seconds remaining for the final margin.

The Salukis began the game 8-for-11 from the floor on the way to an 18-11 lead at the 14:29 mark, and the Lady Bears chased the visitors down over the next 10 minutes until Edie’s jumper gave MSU a 30-29 lead with 4:09 left in the half.

The lead changed hands three more times before halftime, with SIU going into the break ahead 37-35. After the Lady Bears went up 40-37 just 56 seconds into the second period, the game was tied six times with another five lead changes before the Salukis turned a 53-52 deficit into their 64-55 lead.

Missouri State managed to score 81 points despite shooting just 30.7 percent from the field thanks to a 30-for-43 effort at the foul line. SIU shot 38.6 percent overall, but just 32.4 percent in the second half. The Salukis placed five scorers in double figures, led by Dyana Pierre with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

MSU won the rebounding battle 54-48 and recorded 16 steals.

The Lady Bears host Evansville (8-16, 6-7) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Purple Aces lost 68-49 at Wichita State Thursday.

Bell sparks FIU past Arkansas-Little Rock 65-52
     MIAMI (AP) – Cameron Bell came off the bench for 17 points to lead four players in double figures in Florida Atlantic’s 65-52 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday night.
     Bell made 5 of 8 shots, sank all six free-throw attempts and grabbed eight boards in just 23 minutes of action. Jerome Fink added 13 points, Deric Hill 12 and Tymell Murphy 11 for the Panthers.
     FIU (15-12, 10-8 Sun Belt Conference) shot 48 percent (13 of 27) in the first half but Arkansas-Little Rock answered with a 47.6-percent (10 of 21) clip to keep it close at the break, 29-25.
     The Panthers fell to 45 percent (9 of 20) after intermission but held the Trojans to 12-of-35 shooting and made 15 of 16 free throws to pull away.
     Michael Javes and John Gillon scored 12 apiece for the Trojans (15-13, 9-10), whose 22 turnovers led to 25 points for FIU.
     LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tony Parker scored 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs led all the way in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 116-90 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory and first over the Clippers this season.
     The Spurs improved to an NBA-best 22-10 on the road, where they’ve also won five in a row.
     Parker had seven assists and no turnovers in 28 minutes and Danny Green added 15 points. The West-leading Spurs tied their season-best with 59-percent shooting, hit eight 3-pointers and made 22 of 28 free throws. They had lost both previous meetings with the Clippers in November.
     Matt Barnes scored 18 points, Blake Griffin had 17 points and Jamal Crawford 15 points as the Clippers’ four-game winning streak ended in their first game after the All-Star break.