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Morning Sports Report - February 14, 2014

Victories for both the men and Lady Panthers. Dan Lucy has your Thursday morning sports report.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Drury Panthers have lost only one game at the O'Reilly Family Event Center in more than a year.

And the team to do that was the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers.

And that Ranger team is back at the O Thursday night looking to make it two years in a row.

20-1 Drury is ranked second in D2, Parkside is 19-3 and ranked 16th.

The Panthers jumped out in front early skip pass to Ian Carter who connects on the ten footer, 4-nothing Drury.

Then Drake Patterson with the three from the top of the key, it's 9-7 Panthers.

Wisconsin-Parkside not going away, Zygi Riauka with the 18 footer, Drury still up by two.

Then Jimmy Gavin drives to the rack, gets the hoop and the harm, it's 14-13 Parkside.

Drury with the quick look inside to Cameron Adams, it was tied at 27 at the half.

And this went down to the wire, two seconds left, Lonnie Boga, baseball pass to the other basket, Mael Amendzi with the catch and the hoop, Drury wins 54-52. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--On the Women's side, the No. 9 Lady Panthers were looking for their fourth straight win against Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Lady Panthers's Bethanie Funderburk with the bounce pass to a wide open Kylie Williamson for the easy two 6-4 Drury.

Wisconsin-Parkside getting the ball to the block for Jennifer Blunt, the Rangers led 12-9.

Later, cross court pass to Funderburk who splashes the three, Drury back on top by a bucket 14-12.

Funderburk can dish as well, here to Shelby White and the Drury Lady Panthers win their 20th game of the season 77-56.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Missouri State is in sole possession of third place in the Valley with three weeks left in the regular season.      

In our Bear Nation report, Keith Pickens led the way last night as Missouri State beat Drake 69-63.

The Bears are 17-8 overall and got revenge on the Bulldogs who beat Missouri State in Des Moines earlier this season.

Fifth year senior Keith Pickens, who's been battling injuries for most of his career scored 18 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots.

He's also trying to add a hefty helping of emotion.

"I think at this point of the season it's key for the team to have emotion and energy," said Missouri State senior Keith Pickens.  "When you do that as an older guy it bleeds down.  You get players like Devon Thomas playing with more emotion.  And Ruder with more emotion.  And I think it makes it better for the whole team.."


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