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Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Missouri dumps Alabama

Rush takes elbow to face, misses final 7:50

November 21, 2001

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— Clarence Gilbert scored 18 points and Missouri, despite an injury to Kareem Rush, beat Alabama in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.

Rush, a preseason All-America pick, missed the final 7:50 after being hit in the face by an inadvertent elbow from Alabama's Demetrius Smith.

Rush, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, was helped from the Kemper Arena court and to the dressing room. He returned to the bench for the final minutes, holding an ice pack over his left eye.

The Crimson Tide (2-1) took advantage of Rush's absence to take a brief 63-61 lead with 5:10 left, which was their first lead since being ahead 11-10.

The Tigers (3-0) regained the lead on Travnon Bryan's follow shot with 2:45 left and outscored the Crimson Tide 10-3 in the final three minutes. Alabama missed four free throws in the final 18 seconds.

Arthur Johnson contributed 12 points for Missouri.

Rod Gizzard led the Crimson Tide with 18 points and Maurice Williams had 12 points.

Missouri will play No. 9 Iowa, which defeated No. 12 Memphis 75-71 in the other semifinal, in the championship game Wednesday night.

The Tigers were just 1-for-10 on three-point shots in the second half. They went more than nine minutes without a field goal as the Crimson Tide came from 12 points down to tie it at 60 with 6:49 left.

Missouri led by as many as 15 points, 33-18 with 8:59 left after a basket by Johnson.

Texas Tech 78, SMU 75

Dallas Andre Emmett scored a career-high 30 points and Andy Ellis added 20, leading Texas Tech past Southern Methodist.

The victory made Bob Knight a winner in his first road game with the Red Raiders (3-0). It was the 767th of his career, tying Henry Iba for seventh on the all-time list.

Knight's visit drew the first sellout at Moody Coliseum since March 2000 and the rare sight of scalpers outside the arena. The environment wasn't totally hostile, though, as Dallas is home to Tech's largest alumni base.

SMU (2-1) fed off the crowd better than Tech, racing to a 26-15 lead midway through the half. Then Emmett, who made 12-of-18 shots, scored eight points during a 17-4 run that put the Red Raiders ahead.

Tech led by five at halftime and was up 67-54 when the Mustangs rallied.

Quinton Ross, who had 19 points, sparked an 8-0 run that got SMU and the crowd back into the game. The Mustangs got as close as 69-66, but a 3-point play by Ellis put the Red Raiders back up by four.

Damon Hancock, who led SMU with 23 points, scored the game's final five points.

Although many of the 8,998 fans were pro-Tech including one holding a sign that read "This Hoosier Still Loves You Bobby," with a heart representing the word love Knight and the Red Raiders got a taste of the scene they'll face away from Lubbock this season.

The student section, located behind both benches, chanted "Throw a chair!" soon after Knight reached the sideline. They serenaded him with "Bob-by" before and after the national anthem, then again before tipoff.

One fan wrote "Choke Me Bobby" on a white T-shirt, another scribbled "Throw Me A Chair." Above the tunnel Knight walked out of was a banner that read, "Hey Knight, What's Up?!" with a flying chair and, in small letters, "Choke Tech!"

Oklahoma State 82, Siena 64

Las Vegas Maurice Baker scored 23 points and No. 15 Oklahoma State beat Siena in the third round of the Las Vegas Tournament. The Cowboys (4-0) trailed 57-54 with 7:32 left, then outscored Siena 28-7 the rest of the way. They did not miss a shot or free throw in that span. Siena (1-2) missed nine straight shots before Dwayne Archbold's 3-pointer with 44 seconds remaining. Victor Williams added 19 and Frederick Jonzen scored 17 for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys shot 59 percent in the second half.

Nebraska 69,

N. Carolina A&T 57

Lincoln, Neb. Brennon Clemmons scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Nebraska over North Carolina A&T. The Cornhuskers (1-0) led by just one late in the first half, then Cary Cochran scored nine points in 12-3 half-ending run, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that put Nebraska up 40-30. North Carolina A&T (0-3) held Nebraska to just two points in the first five minutes of the second half and cut the lead to 42-38 .

Kansas St. 68,

Wis.-Green Bay 55

Manhattan Travis Reynolds scored 18 points to lead Kansas State back from an 11-point deficit to beat Wisconsin-Green Bay. Kansas State (2-0) overcame a sloppy first half with a 15-0 run in the second to win the first meeting between the two schools.

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