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Archive for Tuesday, January 14, 1992

SLAM NEARLY ENDED GAME

January 14, 1992

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— Ben Davis, whose resounding slam dunk nearly won Monday's game in regulation, wasn't worried after Missouri forced overtime at Hearnes Center.

"I thought we'd win the whole game. There was no doubt in my mind," said Davis, a KU freshman center who scored 10 points on four of nine shooting in the Jayhawks' 92-80 OT win. "We were disappointed after losing Saturday at home (to Louisville). But we put it behind us and came back and won tonight."

Davis, sprinting down the lane, accepted a feed from Alonzo Jamison and dunked at with 36 seconds left to give KU a 73-71 lead.

"Zo always gets the open man the ball," said Davis of Jamison. "He's a great passer."

Davis committed his fifth foul with one tick left, and Anthony Peeler made two free throws to force the extra session. But other reserves, like freshman Greg Ostertag, who played throughout OT and finished with six points, lifted KU to the win.

"That's why they're at Kansas. They are good players. They showed they can play down the stretch," Davis said of his teammates.

It was Davis' first double-figure outing since the Dec. 16 game against DePaul. He had scored just 20 points in four January games.

Missouri played without center Jeff Warren, who is out with the flu.

"We have to remember they were without Jeff," KU coach Roy Williams said. "He's one of the best offensive rebounders in the league. If there was a negative tonight, it was rebounding and our putting them on the line. We've got to stop that."

KU finished with 41 boards to MU's 38. The Tigers hit 33 of 49 free throws, Kansas 25 of 33.

MU had won 80 of 84 at Hearnes Center coming in. Kansas, the only Big Eight team to win at MU the past five seasons, has now won there in successive years. "It's my first road win ever in conference play. I never won one at Northwestern," said Rex Walters, who had 21 points.

MU is now 12-8 versus KU in Hearnes. Monday's was the 100th meeting between the schools in Columbia, of which the Jayhawks have won 55.

Stats of interest: MU was one-for-15 from three-point range, KU seven-of-13. . .Mizzou was just two-for-11 in OT. . .KU's Richard Scott had nine boards, Adonis Jordan eight and Walters six. . .Jamison had four steals.

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