December 07, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

College football

Navy will play against Missouri in Texas Bowl on Dec. 31

Missouri announced Sunday that its football team will play Navy in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31 in Houston. The Texas Bowl had the final selection of teams from the Big 12, and once the Insight Bowl passed over Missouri (8-4) for Iowa State (6-6), despite the fact that the Tigers have a better record and defeated the Cyclones, 34-24, on Nov. 21, the faceoff with Navy (8-4) at Reliant Stadium was set. "Missouri is a great football team, and they will provide a tremendous challenge for us," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "I will start worrying about the Tigers next Sunday. Right now our sole focus is on our biggest game of the year, which will take place Saturday in Philadelphia against Army." Missouri is 2-0 all-time against Navy, with the last meeting in 1961 at the Orange Bowl, where the Tigers defeated the Midshipmen 21-14 to cap off an 11-0 season. The Texas Bowl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. Tickets are on sale now at and can be purchased starting at 9 a.m. today by calling 800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall box office. Prices range from $25 to $65.

Men's college basketball

Palmer, Jones lead Salisbury to Optimist Classic crown

Senior swingman Greg Palmer scored 25 points and senior guard Devin Jones (Old Mill) added 18 to help Salisbury (3-3) earn a 68-62 victory over Hampden-Sydney (4-2) in the Optimist Classic championship game on Sunday afternoon. Palmer was 7-for-8 on 3-point attempts. On Saturday night, the Sea Gulls defeated Methodist, 87-75.

Et cetera

Loyola forward Bannister honored by

Loyola junior forward Phil Bannister was named to the Third Team of the Year after leading the nation in assists per game. The Wallsend, England, native finished the season with 13 assists, good for 0.72 per game and tops in NCAA Division I. He recorded his 13 assists over the Greyhounds' last 13 contests, helping Loyola go 8-3-2 during that stretch and earn a bid to its third straight NCAA College Cup.


vs. ARMY

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