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ROBERTSON RECEIVED COOLY IN MISSOURI

February 11, 1996

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— Ryan Robertson heard the chants of "Traitor, traitor," bellowing through Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon.

"It was exactly the way I thought it would be. I knew the crowd would be intense," Robertson, Kansas' freshman guard from St. Charles, Mo., said after scoring six points in the Jayhawks' 77-73 loss to Missouri.

"If you are from here and don't go to the state school, you expect a reaction like that. It was no big deal."

Robertson hit a pair of three-pointers. His first cut a four-point deficit to 65-64 with 6:33 left. His second came after a 6-0 MU run had given the Tigers a 71-64 lead at 4:02.

"It was good to help contribute to our comeback," Robertson said.

However, he was upset he also contributed to MU's pivotal 6-0 run. Robertson missed two free throw tries with 5:56 left. His misses followed a pair of misses by Paul Pierce. At the time KU lagged by just one. MU's six-point rally followed.

"I don't know what my deal is. I was the best free throw shooter on the team until four or five games ago," Robertson said. "Now I can't buy one."

He has hit 3 of 10 free throws in Big Eight games.

"It was not Ryan Robertson versus Missouri as much as Kansas versus Missouri," he said, summarizing the game. "I'm really disappointed we lost."

Human reaction: KU coach Roy Williams let out a loud cheer after Robertson drained a three after missing two important free throws.

"I was happy for him," Williams said. "He made two big threes and missed two big free throws. I'm human and have those emotions for him."

Intentional foul: Jacque Vaughn was called for an intentional foul on a Kendrick Moore layup try. Moore hit one of two free throws tying the game at 55. The Tigers also scored on the ensuing possession.

"A big play in the game was the intentional foul. I'm not saying good, bad or indifferent (about it)," KU coach Williams said. "But it was a big play."

Good shootin': Missouri became just the second team in 52 games to hit better than 50 percent from the field against KU. MU hit 26 of 48 shots for 54.2 percent.

"Not enough pressure, not enough denying, not giving enough help," Williams said of the defense. "I've done a poor job getting us focused."

Foul woes: Scot Pollard scored five points in 21 minutes. He picked up his fourth foul just 2 1/2 minutes into the final half.

"It's my Achilles' heel I guess," Pollard said of his foul woes. "I've got to do a better job of not picking up fouls. It's frustrating to me. Hopefully, it's the last time I'm in foul trouble."

MU's defense: KU soph Raef LaFrentz hit 3 of 10 shots. He was guarded by 7-footers Simeon and Sammie Haley.

"They did a good job making our looks difficult," LaFrentz said. "But Missouri is a tough team. We were fully prepared for this."

  • Loud crowd: Jacque Vaughn on the deafening Hearnes Center crowd: "I still like my crowd, better," he said.

  • Stats, facts: KU backup point guard Calvin Rayford played 2:24. He had entered as questionable because of a right foot strain. Vaughn played 38 minutes. ... Missouri's student cheering section, the Antlers, may have been banned by the university, but they showed up Saturday. Reportedly they bought a block of tickets for certain games and are at times vocal as ever. ... The loss snapped KU's 12-game win streak. KU is 6-1 in true road games. The Jayhawks had won five of their last six Big Eight road games. ... KU has won eight of its last 11 versus MU. ... KU had won on four of its last five visits to Hearnes. ... KU missed six of its last seven free throws and hit 18 of 30 to MU's 22 of 29. ...

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