High School Basketball
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping No. 17 Missouri rebound from its biggest setback of the season with a 79-62 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night.
Alex Oriakhi had 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC), who were held to a season-low 49 points in a 15-point loss at Mississippi on Saturday. Their second game without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, who has a sprained right knee, was a major improvement for a team that’s 10-0 at home this season and 26-1 at the Mizzou Arena in two seasons under coach Frank Haith.
Vincent Williams had a career-best 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting for Georgia (6-10, 0-3), nine more than his previous best after entering with a 4.1-point average. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the Bulldogs’ lone player averaging in double figures, added 15 points.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Dawon Cummings’ 3-pointer early in the second half gave Indiana State its first lead Wednesday night and the Sycamores went on to beat Missouri State 68-60.
Cummings, Manny Arop, Justin Gant and Devonte Brown all finished with 10 points for Indiana State (11-6, 4-2 Missouri Valley). Cummings’ 3 with 16:29 left put the Sycamores ahead 37-36 and they kept the lead the rest of the way, going up by 14 points with 3:38 to go.
The Sycamores shot 57 percent for the game.
Gavin Thurman scored 18 points to lead the Bears (5-13, 3-3). Missouri State led 27-18 with 3:50 left in the first half but Indiana State trimmed it to 31-27 at halftime.
Anthony Downing had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Missouri State.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid is putting the final touches on his first coaching staff in Kansas City, hiring former Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck to fulfill the same duty with the Chiefs.
Reid also announced Wednesday that Kevin O’Dea will be an assistant special teams coach.
Heck will work closely with Reid, who intends to call plays in Kansas City, and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Heck has spent 22 seasons as a coach in the NFL, including the past nine working with the offensive line in Jacksonville.
Heck played 12 seasons in the NFL for Washington, Chicago and Seattle.
O’Dea will be reunited with Dave Toub, who was hired as the Chiefs’ special teams coach on Tuesday. O’Dea worked with Toub for four years in Chicago.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City CEO Rob Heineman says the loss of trust led the Major League Soccer team to sever ties with the cancer charity founded by Lance Armstrong.
Heineman also said Wednesday the “tumultuous environment” that developed before the cyclist admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs also played into the team’s decision to change Livestrong Sporting Park to Sporting Park.
Heineman says the decision came after ESPN reported Livestrong said Sporting still owed the cancer charity $750,000 for 2012. Heineman says the team doesn’t owe Livestrong any money.
Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey this week he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.
Livestrong CFO Greg Lee says the organization doesn’t discuss arrangements with its partners but he has “to ensure compliance by our corporate partners.”