MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Skyler Howard played through a rib injury and Rushel Shell missed most of the second half with leg cramps, yet West Virginia overcame setbacks to their top two offensive threats to break a five-game losing streak to Southeastern Conference teams.Backup running back Justin Crawford rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown filling in for Shell, and Howard stayed in the game to lead the Mountaineers to a 26-11 win over Missouri on Saturday.Well take it, said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. Weve got a lot of work to do.So does Missouri, which lost in the debut for coach Barry Odom and fell in an opener for the first time since 2001, which was the first season under previous coach Gary Pinkel.Howard was hurt when he was tackled by Missouris Donavin Newsom while sliding during a run near halftime. Trainers worked on his ribs before the second-half kickoff and he returned to the game.Holgorsen said Howard is sore but no ribs were broken.He knew we needed him, Holgorsen said. The kid is a competitor and is going to do anything ... to help the team win.Howard didnt attempt a carry the rest of the game. He finished 23 of 35 for 235 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.In the brief time Howard sat out, backup quarterback William Crest lost a fumble and Chris Chugunov threw an interception.When guys go down, (other) guys need to go in and play at a high level, Holgorsen said. Some did. Some didnt.Crawford did. The junior college transfer got most of the carries after Shell walked off the field gingerly early in the third quarter and didnt return. Holgorsen said Shell had leg cramps and hes fine.Crawford had a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter.From a teammate perspective, its good to know when you come off the field theyre putting someone in that is just as good as you, Shell said.Shell finished with 90 yards, including a 23-yard TD in the first quarter. He said he didnt want to return to the game after leaving and mess up the flow and the tempo of the offense.Missouri struggled most of the game under sophomore quarterback Drew Lock, who threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Chris Black with under two minutes left.I dont feel like I did a very good job on this, Odom said. Im obviously very thankful and honored to be the head coach. But Ive got a job to do and I didnt get it done today.THE TAKEAWAYMISSOURI: New offensive coordinator Josh Heupel has two weeks to get the Tigers ready for the grueling Southeastern Conference schedule. The Tigers were lethargic against a West Virginia defense that had nine new starters. Lock finished 23 of 51 for 280 yards.Odom said there was some good and some bad about Locks performance.Hes going to continue to get better, Odom said.WEST VIRGINIA: Like many games last season, the Mountaineers had trouble reaching the end zone following long drives. Four stalled inside the Missouri 10, all leading to short field goals by Mike Molina.Thats not good, Holgorsen said. Theres going to be times where those field goals need to be touchdowns. We have to do a better job of finishing drives.UP NEXTMISSOURI: Tigers fans get to see how Odom does for themselves in the home opener against Eastern Michigan -- a 61-14 winner over Mississippi Valley State -- before Missouris SEC home opener with Georgia a week later.WEST VIRGINIA: The Mountaineers welcome ex-Nebraska coach Bo Pelini in their first-ever meeting with Youngstown State, which gave Pittsburgh a scare on the road a year ago. Matt Calvert Jersey . Sgt. 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Perth Wildcats have clinched a 75-73 victory over the New Zealand Breakers in a thrilling NBL grand final rematch at the Perth Arena.The reigning champions came from behind to secure the win and also had to defend feverishly for 14 seconds after Jarrod Kenny missed two free throws that could have claimed victory for the Wildcats a little earlier.Just like he did in game three of last seasons final play-off game, Casey Prather led scoring for the Cats with 29 points and was among scorers in the games final moments.After a slow start from the home side, Prather blew the game open at the start of the second period and helped Perth open up an 11-point lead at half-time.The two teams have shared the past seven NBL championships between them and took turns to dominate play.The loss extends New Zealands winless streak in Perth to five games but they kept the hosts to just eight points in an impressive third quarter, scoring 23 themselves, in an encouraging performance.But yet again, the reigning champions held on and found a way to win - having recoveed from a four-point deficit at the final change to avoid the loss.Perths next game is against Illawarra in Perth next Friday, while the Breakers will host Sydney on Thursday.ddddddddddddWildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said his side needed to be more consistent.A couple of games we have had teams in a position we could make it really hard on teams to come back and we relaxed, Gleeson said.Tonight, in the third, we were sloppy with the ball. We had four turnovers in the first three minutes. The care-factor went down and then we hit threes and got lay ups and go energy. Its something we have to work on.Breakers coach Paul Henare pinned the loss on his sides disappointing second quarter.We dug ourselves a hole. We did a good job in getting out of that hole, but the damage was done in the second quarter, he said.(Prather) had a hell of a game and was a big part of what we planned for.Obviously 29 points is a lot more than what we would have liked.But the difference in that first half was Wagstaff was able to get lose and kept the scoreboard ticking over as well. Two guys that hurt us. ' ' '