Men's Basketball Press Releases


(5/10)  MAC announces three more committments for the upcoming basketball season.  The Cards have added Darryl Butterfield, a 6'6" power forward transferring from State Fair.  Delano Robinson, a 6'3" heady point guard, joins the Cards from University High (Bloomington, IL).  West County's John Barnett, a 6'2" guard that averaged 17 ppg, will add some local talent to the roster in 2005-06.  Press Release

(5/4)  The Cardinals have inked two big pieces of the 2005-06 version of the defending MCCAC Conference Championship Men's Basketball squad. Jerrell Houston, a 6'8" swingman originally from Memphis, TN, is transferring from Mississippi State University after a red-shirt season. Steven Schauf, a 5'11" combo guard from Murphysboro, IL, has also committed to Mineral Area College.  Press Release

(4/19)  Rob Kennedy and Ryan Byrne announce their committments for next season.  Rob Kennedy has signed a NLI to play at NCAA DI Murray State University after a successful freshman campaign.  Rob will have three years to play for the Racers of the Ohio Valley Conference.  Ryan Byrne will wear a Spartans uniform at Missouri Baptist University next season.  Byrne was an All-Region and All-Conference selection while leading the Cardinals in scoring this past season.  Press Release

(4/5)  Final Stats released for 2004-05 Season.  Link to Game Results & Roster  Link to Final Individual Stats

(3/7)  Cardinals drop Region XVI Tournament Semi-Final contest 59-54.  MAC started off very slow, but stingy defense kept the Cards within striking distance of the Raiders.  Ryan Byrne led the second-half comeback (13 points) from a 31-21 half-time score.  T.J. Britton tied the game with a three in the final minutes, but the Raiders hit key free-throws to survive and advance.  DJ Article

(2/28)  Mineral Area finishes regular season with 58-54 win over State Fair at Homecoming.  The Cards lead most of the game, but a late Roadrunner flurry tied the game in the final minute.  Curtis Muse gave MAC a lead with a monster offensive follow-up dunk, and a rebound and two free-throws in the final seconds by Dantwan Chillers secured the 21st victory of the season for the Cards.  Ryan Byrne led MAC with 18.  DJ Article

(2/22)  Cardinals earn MCCAC Conference Championship.  The Cardinals will earn a MCCAC victory and earns a share of the Conference title with forfeit of Forest Park due to player suspensions.  MAC finished the season with a 5-1 Conference mark.

(2/21)  Cardinals look impressive in 84-78 win over Three Rivers.  Mineral Area took an early lead and looked dominating at times in their game Saturday.  The Cards held a 20 point lead late into the second half, but poor free-throw shooting let TRCC make a late run.  Ryan Byrne scored 26, Kenny Burke added 14, and Curtis Muse chipped in 12.  DJ Article

(2/19)  Ryan Byrne honored by Region 16 coaches.  The Cardinals are a balanced team this season with six players averaging 8 or more points.  Byrne is MAC's leading scorer at 12.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2 APG, is shooting 43% from three and 82% from the Free-Throw line.  Eddie Smith (Moberly) was named R-16 "Player of the Year."  All-Region Team 

(2/17)  Mineral Area runs past Florissant Valley 109-72.  The Cards are still in the hunt for the MCCAC Conference title with wins in their next two games.  MAC grabbed a 52-31 half-time lead, and played well buzzer-to-buzzer in the win.  Ryan Byrne led the Cards with 25, Aaron Jackson added 22, and DeAlan Hicks chipped in 11.  Tremaine Wilkerson led MAC in rebounding with 15.  DJ Article

(2/16)  Cardinals place pair of Sophomore guards on MCCAC All-Conference team.  Ryan Byrne leads MAC in scoring at 14.3 PPG, leads the team in Free-Throw shooting at 81%, and averages 4 rebounds per game.  Kenny Burke is an offensive-minded guard scoring 14.1 PPG, and leading the team in assists with 3.5 a game.  Both Byrne and Burke were selected to the ten player All-Conference team.  Curtis Muse was also noted on the Honorable Mention list.  MCCAC All-Conference Team

(2/14)  MAC drops Region 16 contest at Moberly 76-59.  The Cards trailed by 6 at the half, but the high-powered Greyhounds pulled away behind Eddie Smith's 17.  Jonathan Jackson had 14 to lead MAC, Tremaine Wilkerson added 12, and T. J. Britton scored 10.  DJ Article

(2/9)  Grizzlies end Mineral Area's streak at four: SMS-WP 80 MAC 68.  Jonathan Jackson had another offensive break-out game with 19 points and 5 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to offset Andrais Thornton's 22.  Ryan Byrne added 15 and Aaron Jackson had 12 and 8.  Cards will regroup quick for re-match with Region leading Moberly on Saturday.  DJ Article

(2/6)  Cardinals snatch win from #14 Meramec with solid defense and clutch late-game shooting.  Mineral Area moved to 17-7 on the season and 2-1 in the MCCAC with a 61-58 win over the Magic.  Ryan Byrne led the Cards with 19, Aaron Jackson added 13, and DeAlan Hicks chipped in 8.  DJ Article 

(2/3)  Mineral Area uses balanced attack to run by Shawnee 79-58 and extend winning streak to 3 games.  The Cardinals and Saints played a competitive game for 30 minutes, but a 22-4 run late in the game was the difference for MAC.  Aaron Jackson led MAC with 19, Jonathan Jackson added 15, while T.J. Britton & Curtis Muse had 10 each.  DJ Article

(2/2)  Ryan Byrne leads Region 16 in overall Free-Throw Shooting at 85.7%.  Ryan has been a solid performer all season long for Mineral Area.  He is 9th in scoring at 12.6 PPG, 7th in 3-point FG% at 41.1, and 16th at 4.3 rebounds.  Ryan has connected on 60/70 free-throw attempts so far this season.  Kenny Burke is ranks 3rd on the Free-Throw list at 79.7%, and Dantwan Chillers is 4th at 75.6%.  Region 16 Statistical Leaders

(1/30)  Mineral Area holds off comeback from Region-leading State Fair in Sedalia.  The Cardinals were overcome in the second half in their last game, but they made sure it wouldn't happen Saturday as they pulled away at the end for a 65-56 win over the Roadrunners.  MAC was led in scoring by Aaron Jackson with 14, Ryan Byrne added 13, and Curtis Muse chipped in 11.  DJ Article

(1/25)  Cardinals shake off slow start to win MCCAC contest at Lewis & Clark.  The Cards and Trailblazers were tied at 25 at the half.  But, MAC responded with some solid defense and outplayed the Blazers down the stretch to grab a 68-58 win on the road.  Kenny Burke led Mineral Area with 20, Ryan Byrne added 9.  DJ Article

(1/24)  The Mineral Area College men's basketball team had #18 Moberly on the ropes at the Bob Sechrest Fieldhouse on Saturday night, but the Greyhounds rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to claim a 73-66 victory.  Kenny Burke led the Cards in scoring with 13, wile Curtis Muse continued his improved play with 12.  DJ Article

(1/17)  Mineral Area wins Region 16 contest 52-47 over West Plains.  "Home court is home court. We practice here everyday so we know what to expect," commented MAC head coach Corey Tate on his first home game in 32 days."  Kenny Burke hit key free-throws down the stretch to lead the Cardinals with 16 points, and Ryan Byrne added 11 in the win that moves MAC to 13-6 overall and 1-1 in the Region.  DJ Article

(1/12)  Former Cardinals pay divedends for their DI teams.   Three former MAC basketball players helped lead their teams to victory on Thursday night last week.  Lorenzo Gordon scored 20 points in a 62-61 Illinois State victory over Indiana State.  *Box Score*   Armend Kahrimanovic "AK" scored 15 points and added 4 rebounds in an 84-67 Idaho victory over Cal Poly.  *Box Score*   J.T. Williams helped McNeese State get past Texas State 69-57 with 9 points, 2 steals, and 2 assists.  *Box Score*

(1/10)  Mineral Area gets back on track with two last second shots in thrilling 76-74 OT win over John Wood.  The Cards trailed most of the game, but never would quit, even when they were down 3 points with less than 10 seconds left.  Ryan Byrne hit a trey to send the game into OT with 7 seconds left.  Kenny Burke hit a shot with 1 second left in OT to help the Cards earn the hard-faught win.  Kenny Burke scored 25, Curtis Muse 15, Ryan Byrne 13, and Matt Foster added 12.  DJ Article

(1/9)  Cards drop Region 16 opener at Three Rivers 81-71.   Mineral Area started slow, but fought back to get within a point, 31-30 at the half.  The Cardinals never let the Raiders run away, fighting to within 4 in the last two minutes of the game.  Ryan Byrne led MAC in scoring with 27 points.  DJ Article 

(1/4)  #15 Southwestern Illinois uses strong finish to slip by the Cardinals.  The Cards dropped a 69-65 decision in Belleville last night, marking the second time this season the Blue Storm have topped MAC by slim margins.  Mineral Area came back from a slow start to gain a 40-33 half-time advantage.  The Cards pushed their advantage to double-digits early in the second half, but couldn't hold on for the win.  Kenny Burke led MAC with 14, Matt Foster added 12, and Tremaine Wilkerson chipped in 10.

(1/2)  The Cardinals move to 11-4 with buzzer-to-buzzer thrashing of Dyersburg State (TN) 105-71.  Kenny Burke led the way scoring 17, Curtis Muse dominated the paint adding 15, Rob Kennedy continued his improving play with 14, and Ryan Byrne had another steady performance with 12.  DJ Article 

(1/1)  Mineral Area lets big lead shrink, but pulls out 63-56 win over North Lake (TX) in New Year's Classic at Three Rivers.  T.J Britton and Matt Foster made their returns from injury and helped the Cards to a win in their last game of 2004.  Ryan Byrne led the MAC with 13, Rob Kennedy added 10, and Kenny Burke, Tremaine Wilkerson, and Matt Foster each chipped in 8 points in the win.  DJ Article

(12/20)  Cardinals finish first half of the season at 9-4 with 87-73 loss at defending National Champion Southeastern (IA).  Mineral trailed by two at the half, but a strong opening five minutes by the BlackHawks left the Cards in a hole that was a little to big to climb out of.  Ryan Byrne led MAC with 18, Kenny Burke added 16, Tremaine Wilkerson had another double-double with 12 & 11, and Rob Kennedy chipped in 11. 

(12/13)  Mineral Area Cardinals move to 9-3 with heart-stopping 84-83 win over previously unbeaten #15 Highland (IL) at Rawlings JUCO Shootout in St. Louis.  The Cardinals didn't let a poor start predict the outcome, and won for the second time in less than 24 hours in the final seconds of the game.  MAC trailed by 20 points, but showed plenty of heart in knocking off the #15 ranked team.  Kenny Burke led MAC in scoring with 14, Tremaine Wilkerson, Rob Kennedy, and Aaron Jackson added 13 a peice in the amazing victory.  DJ Article

(12/12)  Cardinals get revenge on #19 Indian Hills (IA) in a thrilling OT win 85-83.  MAC played one of their best halves this season building a 19 point first half lead over the visiting Warriors.  But, it took a last second offensive rebound and stick-back by Tremaine Wilkerson in OT for the Cards to escape with a hard- faught win in the Rotary Classic finale.  Kenny Burke had 20 for the second time in 8 days against Indian Hills.  Ryan Byrne had 11, Tremaine Wilkerson and Aaron Jackson each added 10 in the upset win.  DJ Article

(12/11)  Mineral Area College gaining some National attention with their performance on the court.  The Cardinals are in the top 20 Nationally in multiple categories: 11th in Free Throws at 70%, 14th in 3-point shooting at 40%, and 19th in Total Offense at 86 points per game.  Several players are leading the Nation:  Gary Somerville is 11th in Free-Throw percentage at 88%, Rob Kennedy is 13th in Free Throws at 86%, Kenny Burke is 15th in 3 point shooting at 50%, and Tremaine Wilkerson is 23rd in Field Goal percentage at 64%  NJCAA Leaders

(12/6)  Mineral Area wins a thrilling Double OT game over Northern Iowa in Hy-Vee Classic (Otummwa, IA).  The Cardinals had eight players in double-figures and benefited from late game free-throws in 106-99 victory.  MAC was led by Gary Somerville and Ryan Byrne with 15 each, Tremaine Wilkerson and Aaron Jackson each added 14, Curtis Muse and Kenny Burke each chipped in 12, Dantwan Chillers added 11, and Rob Kennedy 12.  DJ Article

(12/5)  Cardinals drop a hard-faught contest at #19 Indian Hills (IA).  In a game that featured 12 lead changes and multiple ties, the Warriors from Indian Hills took control of the game in the last 4 minutes to secure the 62-58 victory.  MAC was led in scoring by Kenny Burke with 20 (4 3FG), Ryan Byrne 16, and Tremaine Wilkerson 10.  DJ Article

(11/29)  Mineral Area College Thanksgiving All-Classic Team includes a pair of Cardinals.   Sophomore Ryan Byrne was a shooting star Friday night bombing 4 threes and scoring 25 points.  Sophomore guard Kenny Burke was a steady performer both nights doing more than scoring, adding several assists and stealsin a pair of wins for MAC.  The rest of the All-Classic Team includes: David Johnson & James Gray from Meramec, Rodney Edgerson from Illinois Central, and Milton Phinessee from Dyersburg State.

(11/28)  Cardinals use aggressive defense to trigger come-from-behind win over Dyersburg State (TN).   Tremaine Wilkerson had a superstar performance scoring 24 and grabbing 12 rebounds in the 102-83 win.  DJ Article

(11/27)  MAC wins opener in Thanksgiving Classic 84-77 over #5 Illinois Central.  Ryan Byrne led all scorers with 25 points.  Dantwan Chillers chipped in 13, and 4 players had 8 points to balance the attack for the Cardinals.  DJ Article

(11/22)  Former MAC All-American, Lorenzo Gordon, leads Illinois State to two big wins over big-time opponents.   Gordon led ISU in scoring 26 in an 82-73 win over Penn State *ESPN Game Box Score* and had 22 points in a 70-52 win over Ole Miss *ESPN Game Box Score* to help the Redbirds to a 2-1 start to the season.

(11/21)  MAC places trio on Rosener's Classic All-Tournament team.   Sophomore team captain Ryan Byrne, Curtis Muse and Kenny Burke were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2004 Rosener's Classic at Mineral Area College.  C.J. Hadley and Durrell Nevels from Three Rivers and Dustin Robinson from Missouri Baptist were also honored.

(11/21)  MAC earns OT win over #4 Penn Valley in Rosener's Classic finale.  The Cards and Scouts were tied at 31 at the half and 62 at the end of regulation.  But, a 15 point explosion in OT helped the Cards earn a tough victory.  Curtis Muse had 8 of his game-high 18 points (9 rebounds) in the OT frame.  Ryan Byrne added 16, Tremaine Wilkerson 12, and Kenny Burke hit some key free-throws late in the game to finish with 8 and 6 assists.  DJ Article

(11/20)  Cardinals open Rosener's Classic with 76-51 win over Missori Baptist University JV.   MAC was led in scoring by Aaron Jackson with 16 points and 9 rebounds.  Ryan Byrne added 15 and Kenny Burke chipped in 13 in the win over the Spartans.  DJ Article 

(11/16)  Cardinals drop a tough game to #28 Southwestern Illinois 81-74.   MAC was led in scoring by Ryan Byrne with 16 (4 3FG), and Kenny Burke with 12.  Brett Ledbetter paced the Blue Storm with 17 and Tommie House added 14.  DJ Article

(11/15)  Cardinals run past Lindenwood University JV 104-73.   Mineral Area is now 2-1 on the season, and will host #28 Southwestern Illinois on November 16.  The Cardinals were led in scoring by Matt Foster 15 (4/5 3FG), Curtis Muse 14 & 9 reb, Rob Kennedy 11, Tremaine Wilkerson 11 and 9 reb, and Tim Perry 10.  DJ Article

(11/8)  Cardinals earn split in Tip-Off Classic at Three Rivers.   MAC lost an early 19 point lead and dropped the season opener to Kaskaskia (IL) 97-88.  The Cardinals were led in scoring by Aaron Jackson with 17, Matt Foster 14, and Kenny Burke with 13.  The Cards rebounded to beat Forest Park 78-39.  The Cards were led in scoring by Ryan Byrne, Gary Somerville, and Kenny Burke with 12 each.  MAC Cardinal Matt Foster was selected to the Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team.

(10/27)  Lorenzo Gordon is expected to make a big impact for the Illinois State University Redbirds this season.   The newcomers, who make the team more athletic than a year ago, include junior college transfers Lorenzo Gordon and Nedu Onyeuku, along with freshmen Khalif Ford and Levi Dyer.  "We have to come in right away and play to help the team win," said Gordon, who was an All-American at Mineral Area College in Missouri. "We've been talking a lot about our roles on the team and that everyone has to contribute." Entire Article

(10/22)  NJCAA Pre-Season Poll has been released for the 2004-05 season.   The NJCAA ranks the top 30 teams in the pre-season and notes other teams recieving votes.  Mineral Area College didn't crack the poll, but was on the list of team's recieving votes.  Defending Region 16 Champion Moberly grabbed the #1 spot in the poll after finishing last season (28-5).  MAC will face several teams noted in the poll this season, including: Moberly (1), Southeastern Iowa (19), Southwestern Illinois (28), Highland (29), Indian Hills (RV), and Three Rivers (RV). MAC will also face several teams in the DII Poll, including: Penn Valley (4), Illinois Central (5), Meramec (14), Lewis & Clark (15), and Florissant Valley (RV).  Link to NJCAA Poll

(10/21)  The MAC Men's Basketball team earns a split in Pre-Season action at home.   Mineral Area defeated Hannibal-LaGrange in a tight contest.  A Kenny Burke free-throw sealed the game in the waning minutes to move MAC to 2-3 on the pre-season.  Lindenwood University came from behind to ground the Cardinals in the final game of the scrimmage behing the hot shooting of DI transfer Justin Shrake.  Meramec defeated both Hannibal-LaGrange and Lindenwood in the other games of the scrimmage.

(10/18)  The MAC men's basketball team continued their exhibition schedule with a trip to McKendree College to take on the NAIA nationally-ranked Bearcats varsity on Thursday, October 14. MAC has only defeated McKendree twice in this scrimmage in the last 30 years and this year was no exception as the Bearcats eked out a 109-108 victory in overtime. The Cardinals played very well though earning a 16 point second half lead, and even held a 2 point lead with 10 seconds to go in regulation, but could not hold the lead leading to the overtime. This makes their record 1-3 on the exhibition season.

(9/23) The Cardinals will open the Pre-Season at Three Rivers CC in a Jamboree on October 9, 2004.  The event will be held at The Black River Colliseum in Poplar Bluff, MO.  For game times, opponents, and additional information Click for Pre-Season Information Link .

(8/31) The MAC Men's Basketball Season Preview has been released.  The article focuses on the returning players, incoming players, and has a season outlook.  Click to see the MAC Season Preview Article.