Needing a standout performance to turn its season around, Missouri got just that from Linas Kleiza on Saturday afternoon. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 31 points and added 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double in the Tigers' 80-70 win against Nebraska at Mizzou Arena. The win returned the Tigers to .500 in Big 12 play.
January 22, 2005
Looking to bounce back from a demoralizing 20-point loss at Kansas State, Missouri offered an equally disappointing performance against Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. The result: a 78-62 drubbing at the hands of the Red Raiders, good for Missouri's third consecutive Big 12 Conference loss.
January 19, 2005
Looking to rebound from a disastrous road trip, Missouri returns to Columbia to host Texas Tech on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. The Red Raiders have won five of six and already have secured a Big 12 Conference road win. A diverse offense and coach Bob Knight's consistently strong defense will make life difficult for the Tigers.
January 18, 2005
With a chance to take a huge step forward Tuesday night, Missouri took a little one instead. The Tigers gave No. 6 Oklahoma State all it could handle before falling 78-68 in Stillwater. Missouri gave one of its best efforts of the season in its first road game despite dropping to 9-6 and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference play.
January 11, 2005
In a game with little flow or energy, Missouri used a double-double by Jason Conley to grab a 64-51 win against American on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers converted just 34 percent of their shots, making more of them from beyond the arc than from inside it, but another strong defensive effort gave them a win.
January 4, 2005
After leading Gonzaga for most of the game, the Tigers, in typical Missouri fashion, made it interesting late. Despite making zero field goals in the final eight minutes, Missouri squeaked out a 63-61 upset win against No. 12 Gonzaga on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Jason Conley finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
December 30, 2004
Giving a team like Indiana a big halftime lead before stealing a win away in the final moments is one thing, but doing the same against Illinois is nearly impossible. After handing the Illini a 15-point halftime edge, Missouri played its best basketball of the season in the second half but could not manage a win, falling 70-64 on Wednesday night at Savvis Center in St. Louis.
December 22, 2004
If it happens once, it can happen again. A year after shocking Indiana in Bloomington with a late 17-0 rally, Missouri turned a similar trick in a 56-53 win at Mizzou Arena on Sunday. After trailing by 17 in the opening moments of the second half, the Tigers found consistency on offense and converted nearly every shot they took in the final 20 minutes.
December 19, 2004