Columbia, Mo. Lamont Frazier almost came to Missouri's rescue. Almost, but not quite.
The 6-4 sophomore came off the bench for 15 points and six rebounds all after intermission but Kansas blunted the Tigers, 92-80, in overtime here Monday night.
"He came in an did a whale of a job," MU coach Norm Stewart said. "When we needed buckets, he's the guy that gave us the shot in the arm off the bench."
Missouri needed help because starting center Jeff Warren has been suffering from a viral infection for the last week and didn't suit up. And 6-10 Chris Heller, who has a broken bone in his right foot, sat next to the 6-8 Warren on the MU bench.
"With a player like Warren out someone had to step it up a notch," Stewart said. "Lamont did that for us."
Frazier, however, was blanked in overtime.
"OUR PLAYERS did make a great effort," Stewart said. "We got worn down towards the end, and they hit two big threes. We were tired and needed more organization on the floor."
Once Kansas went up by five on Rex Walters' three-point shot, the Tigers were in trouble.
Stewart recalled a Walters trey in regulation, too. With Missouri ahead 62-56 and 7:52 remaining in regulation, Walters drained a trey and was fouled.
Walters missed the charity, but KU rebounded and, moments later, Eric Pauley popped a short baseline jumper.
"We had the game in hand and he (Walters) hits a three and we foul him on it," Stewart said. "Then they got the tip and scored. It turned out to be a five-point play, and that was our downfall."
In overtime, Steve Woodberry's early three gave Kansas the momentum, and then Walters hit another important trey with two minutes left.
"WE WERE trying to get the lead and hold our own," Stewart said, "but they hit the threes."
Until Monday night, Missouri had won 11 straight in the Hearnes Center, and 80 of its last 84. KU has handed the Tigers three of their last five losses here.
Kansas hit 30 of 60 shots to become the first team to shoot at least 50 percent against the Tigers this season.