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Morning Sports Report - February 3, 2014

It was a good weekend for the MSU Lady Bears - and bad for the Denver Broncos. Megan Rice has your Monday morning sports report.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Sunday, the Lady bears played against the Southern Illinois Sulikis. The Lady Bears coming off of a 87-70 win against Evansville on Friday.

Lady Bears possession and they cough it up to Mercedes Griffin. She got the steal and the score for the Salukis. 14-9 MSU.

Later, Lady Bears Hannah Wilkerson shooting that one all the way from her high school back in Miller, Missouri. That deep three makes it 22-19 Lady Bears.

Then, a nice feed down low to Bry Snow who does the rest. 31-25 MSU leading.

Salukis Azia Washington, the board off the miss and the put back. Cuts the Lady Bears lead to 60-33.

But, the Missouri State would close this one out with a nice one handed bouncer on the fast break to Mikala McGhee.

Lady Bears win 76-58.

"Well, we are excited to top of this weekend with two wins. Very simililarly to our game against Evansville, thought we had some really good moments and started out well but didn't like the way we finished the game. So there are some teaching moments there but we were able to play a lot of people and get a lot of contributions from everyone really," said Bears coach Kellie Harper.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri Valley Conference has reached the half way point of the season.
And for the Bears, heading into their game against Bradley Saturday, they were in a 3-way tie for fourth place.

Missouri State looking to complete the series sweep on the Braves this season.

Bears Dorrian Williams finds Christian Kirk inside for the flush. Missouri State up 19-11.

Then, the Braves Tyshon Pickett hits the jumper to cut the Bears lead to 6.

And after missing a couple weeks Keith Pickens checked in for the Bears and he made a difference right away.

Pickens with the dunk, feeling great to be back. Ties it at 23. But Pickens would end up leaving the game with back spasms.

Bradley hanging around. As Omari Grier hits a three ball. That makes it 44-42 Bears.

But, Gavin Thurman and the Bears would put the Braves away in the second half.

Missouri state wins it 74-61.

"I played six minutes. I think my max today was going to be 15 just to ease back into it and i was perfectly fine with that. My body feels fine so I will be alright for whatever happens down the road. Late back spasms nothing major so I will be fine," said Bears guard/forwar Keith Pickens.

"He's feeling really good. Then he was showing off trying to get a dunk, he's too old for that stuff he's just got to lay it in. He wants to play, he wants to help us. He did very positive things out there in his short time," said Bears basketball coach Paul Lusk.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--In a league that has become so much about offense, when it came down to the best offense in Denver and the best Defense in Seattle, who would prevail? Well, Super Bowl 48 had the answers.

The first half really couldn't have gone worse for the Broncos. A nightmare start. The very first snap of the game goes over the head of Peyton Manning on a miscue, goes to endzone for a safety. Makes it 2-0 just like that.

Later in the first quarter, Peyton Manning looking for Thomas but finds a Seahawk. Kam Chancelor with the pick. And the disaster game continues for the Broncos.

That sets up a one yard beast mode touchdown from Marshawn Lynch. Seahawks up 15-0.

Denver driving, but not for long Peyton's hit in the drop back and Malcolm Smith 69 yards on the pick six. 22-0 Seattle at the half.

The Broncos would finally score in the final seconds of the third quarter. Demaryius Thomas touchdown reception. 36-8 Seattle.

But it would be too much to over come even for Peyton. Seattle gets their first championship in franchise history. 43-8 the final.

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