15 January 2012

Mizzou Recap

Men bounce back, women continue losing skid, Olympic Sports Update
by Mizzou Matt
The University of Missouri men's and women's basketball squad were in action over the past week, with the men going to Iowa State and the women to Manhattan to take on the Wildcats.

The men, coming off a road loss against K-State, their first of the season, looked to bounce back against the Cyclones, and bounce back they did, winning 76-69. The Tigers carried that momentum into Saturday's game against Texas, and powered by Ricardo Ratliffe's 21 points and Marcus Denmon and Phil Pressey adding double-doubles of their own, Mizzou rolled to a 84-73 win over the Longhorns. The Tiger men are now 16-1, 3-1 on the year.

The double-doubles by Pressey and Denmon were Pressey's second of his career (Central Arkansas, 2011) and Denmon's was the first of his career. Denmon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Flip became just the fifteenth Tiger, and the first since 1975, to have a DD in points and assists. Pressey netted 18 and dished out 10 for the Tigers. Mizzou, who had just six 20+ assist games all last season, and none in Big 12 play, have six so far this year and two in consecutive Big 12 match ups.

The women lost to Kansas State on Wednesday, and their skid continued on Sunday against Kansas. The Tigers dropped their fourth straight game with a 71-61 loss to the Jayhawks at Mizzou Arena. After starting the year 10-1, Mizzou has fallen to 10-5, 0-4 in 2011-12.
On the Olympic sports side, the 9th ranked wrestling defeated #23 Edinboro 19-16 after tiebreakers to advance to the championship round of the Virginia Duals, where they lost 14-18 to #22 Kent State. 

The track & field men defeated Kansas 92-85, but the women wouldn't fair so well, losing 106-75. As a team, they would lose the match 191-167. 

Gymnastics traveled to Utah to take on Southern Utah to cap off a home-and-home, where the Tigers came away with a 195.525-193.300 victory.

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