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FINAL: Zaire Taylor’s jumper lifts MU to 62-60 comeback victory

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed lowers his head in dejection as Missouri's Leo Lyons (5) and the Tigers go wild following their 62-60 win over the Jayhawks Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.

Kansas guard Tyrel Reed lowers his head in dejection as Missouri's Leo Lyons (5) and the Tigers go wild following their 62-60 win over the Jayhawks Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.

February 9, 2009, 6:33 p.m. Updated February 10, 2009, 1:26 a.m.

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Final: MU defeats KU, 62-60

It turns out to be an unlikely hero for MU. On the last possession, Zaire Taylor gets a step inside the three-point line before shooting. His shot bounces hard off the rim and high in the air before falling in.

With 1.4 seconds left, Morningstar launches a full-court pass to Aldrich. The big man turns around and gets up a shot with some contact, but it's well off with no whistle. MU hangs on for the win, and soon after, the students rush the floor.

MU 60/KU 60 — 23.5 seconds left in game

Right when KU needs him, Little steps up. He calmly swishes a 16-footer from the side, tying the game at 60. MU calls timeout, and barring a turnover, will have the last shot in regulation.

MU 60/KU 58 — 49.7 seconds left in game

The Tigers respond with yet another run. Lyons ties the game at 58 with two free throws after Collins uncharacteristically misses two at the line.

After a missed shot by Collins, J.T. Tiller hits a shot from 14 feet to give MU its first lead since the first half.

KU 56/MU 51 — 3:49 left in game

Seven straight points for MU, capped by a three from Carroll that bounced up, out, then back in again.

KU is up to 23 turnovers. The Jayhawks can’t afford any more giveaways if they hope to hold on.

Aldrich gets called for a clear-out after grabbing a rebound, and Self is livid. Three coaches hold him back. A bad call for sure, with a nice flop by a Tiger to seal the deal.

Reed gets a pair of free throws to push KU’s lead back to five.

Another turnover for KU. That makes 25. How many more can the Jayhawks withstand?

KU 54/MU 43 — 7:57 left in game

Turnovers are killing KU. The Jayhawks have turned it over on three of their last four possessions. Meanwhile, MU has found its offense, and six straight points from Lyons followed by two free throws by Zaire Taylor cuts KU’s lead to three at 46-43.

Who else but Tyshawn Taylor steps up when the Jayhawks need him most. He gets a tough floater to go in, and in transition, he scoops up his own miss before getting a two and foul.

After an Aldich block, Releford drives down the middle of the MU defense for a two and foul, and KU has responded to MU’s run with an 8-0 spurt of its own. The Jayhawks are seeing some great poise and maturity from young players in the last few minutes.

KU 46/MU 35 — 11:41 left in game

MU cuts it to 12, but Little takes a few dribbles into the lane and nails a tough 14-foot turn-around. Carroll makes a jumper, but Little gets fouled on his way to the rim, making one of two free throws. More and more, Little is looking like the No. 3 scorer that KU needs.

Taylor gets a steal, then banks one in on the other end. Self has shown a lot of patience with him tonight.

Taylor jumps in the air with no plan in mind. He lands with the basketball. Turnover No. 6. Self squishes his temples together.

KU really needs to be careful with fouls. The Jayhawks already have nine personals this half, and with MU struggling to score, the free-throw line is an easy way to get points. Double-bonus the rest of the way for MU (Did you expect anything less on the road?).

KU 39/MU 27 — 15:50 left in game

Marcus Morris gets fouls two, three and four in a matter of 38 seconds, as he’s whistled for two fouls then picks up a technical after bumping into an official. I don’t have a good angle, but from here, the contact didn’t look intentional.

MU’s fans start to get into it, but Collins and Aldrich calm the storm for KU. Collins throws a pass inside to Aldrich, who puts in a layup for two, and on the next possession Collins drives all the way to the basket for a spinner off the glass.

Another turnover by Taylor, who charges in. With as well as Reed has been playing, I’m not sure why Taylor even started the half.

Lyons and Carroll get jumpers to go down, and the crowd’s back in it. KU’s defense hasn’t been as sharp here in the second half.

After a timeout, Morningstar gets all the way to the basket before putting in an athletic scoop shot. Collins follows with a free throw and 18-footer, and KU has weathered another potential MU run.

KU scoring

Reed 6, Taylor 4, Aldrich 4, Little 4, Collins 4, Releford 4, Marcus Morris 2, Markieff Morris 2.

KU was 12-for-33 from the floor (36.4 percent), 2-for-12 from three (16.7 percent) and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line (100 percent).

MU was 7-for-29 from the floor (24.1 percent) 1-for-10 from three (10 percent) and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line (25 percent).

KU out-rebounded MU, 30-15. KU had 12 turnovers to MU’s 10.

Halftime thoughts

What a great half defensively for KU. Nothing for MU came easily. The Tigers also were only 1-for-10 from three, which shows you how well Reed and Morningstar are fighting through screens to get to shooters.

If you would have told me that KU would make just 2 of 12 threes in the first half, I would have guessed the Jayhawks would have been down by at least eight.

Mike Anderson has that look in his eye like he did four years ago against Kansas when he was coaching UAB. Remember the double-technical and ejection? Anderson’s already thrown his coat, so he’s walking a thin line.

MU fans seem dejected at the moment. It really came through when Tiller’s first free throw spun around and out. The collective groan from the crowd summed up the fans’ emotions pretty well. The Tigers just can’t seem to get a shot to go down.

KU 30/MU 16 — Halftime

The Jayhawks are getting a ton of extra-chance opportunities, but they can’t seem to get the easy ones to go down.

Morningstar is locked up on MU’s Matt Lawrence, and Lawrence can’t get free for any threes. So far, the Tigers’ best three-point shooter is 0-for-2.

Collins decides to not hold the ball out for the last shot, but KU doesn’t get hurt by it. Though Marcus Morris misses a shot inside, MU’s J.T. Tiller clanks a pair of free throws after getting fouled.

Right before the buzzer, Taylor gets a scoop shot to go off the glass and in, and KU goes to the break nearly doubling MU’s point total.

KU 26/MU 15 — 3:22 left in 1st half

Turnover No. 4 by Taylor, who simply dribbles it out of bounds. He’s a liability out there right now. Travis Releford quickly checks in.

KU has done a great job so far of breaking the press. The Jayhawks look composed and haven’t been forced into bad decisions.

Releford gets hammered while going to the basket, and he makes both free throws (He was a 40-percent free-throw shooter coming in). Releford takes it to the basket on the next possession, finishing with a layup. He’s given KU another threat with his cuts and drives to the basket.

KU’s defense has been great so far. MU is 7-for-22 (31.8 percent) from the floor with 10 turnovers. The Tigers only average 12.6 turnovers per game.

KU 22/MU 13 — 7:39 left in 1st half

Tyrel Reed drains an open three to give KU a 15-11 lead.

Taylor tries a fancy, between-the-legs dribble in traffic, and MU snatches it away. That’s three turnovers for him in less than 10 minutes.

Quick move by Collins, who swerves around Carroll before floating in a two. Reed follows with a deep three after a pair of offensive rebounds, and the Jayhawks have a 12-2 run.

MU 11/KU 10 — 11:44 left in 1st half

A couple of tough calls go against KU (as often happens on the road). Marcus Morris is called for a questionable charge, and Brady Morningstar is called for cheap foul when an MU player falls down on a fast break.

Collins comes back with two smart decisions in transition, though, throwing a nice lob to Aldrich for a slam before turning down a three for a pass inside to Mario Little for a layup.

Markieff Morris forces a turnover with a trap, then gets a tip-in on the other end. He’s been a spark for KU in his first minutes tonight.

Six turnovers for KU. The Jayhawks are on pace for roughly 30 turnovers. They won't be able to keep that up if they hope to have any chance.

KU 2/MU 2 — 15:47 left in 1st half

Is the ball slippery? Both teams are having problems holding onto it (along with their footing) in the earlygoing.

Both teams look nervous and hesitiant. KU already is struggling with turnover woes, as the Jayhawks have given it away three times.

The first points come 3:22 in, as a Marcus Morris steal leads to a Tyshawn Taylor dunk.

8:08 p.m.

It doesn’t look like there’s an empty seat in here. Students are lining the aisles, as there aren’t enough seats for all of them.

They’re ready for this one.

7:51 p.m.

It’s good to know that the “M-I-Z-F-K-U” chant is alive and well.

The MU students have poured in for this one. There are so many students here that many are getting sent to overflow sections of the arena. A few are standing on rails at the top of the student section. I’ve also noticed a wide variety of anti-KU shirts, such as “Flip the Bird” and “M-I-Z Beat KU,” along with too many men from the Antlers wearing dresses that are too small for them.

7:37 p.m.

Looking at the statistics, here are three scary numbers for KU fans:

19.2 The number of turnovers Missouri forces per game, which is No. 1 in the Big 12. KU, meanwhile, has turned it over 14.2 times per game, which is second worst in the conference.

30.9 The percentage of three-pointers that MU’s opponents have made this season, which also is best in the Big 12. KU, meanwhile, has made 41.9 percent of its threes in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks only have had one game where they haven’t shot better than 37 percent from three-point range, and that was an ugly 66-61 home victory over Colorado.

0 The number of losses MU has at Mizzou Arena this year. The Tigers are 14-0 at home this season.

7:10 p.m.

It must be a big game by seeing some of the reporters floating around the media room.

I've seen Dennis Dodd from CBS Sportsline, Jason King of Yahoo! Sports and Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star. With MU's recent surge, it looks like a lot of the national media members are paying attention to the rivalry game this year.

Former KU football coach Don Fambrough preps the 2005 team for the Border War

Fambrough's speech heard here is similar to the one he used for years as head coach to rally KU's typically inferior teams to wins over Mizzou.

For those who feel like you need to be pumped up a little more for this Border War matchup, click on the audio on the left (Warning: This clip contains some profanity).

7 p.m.

After going to a smaller gym last week at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, walking into Mizzou Arena was a bit overwhelming today.

If the Ferrell Center is a chapel in size, then Mizzou Arena is a cathedral. The open-air gym has a high, high ceiling, so high in fact that I could barely read the names on the small, retired jersey banners hanging from the rafters.

Maybe it’s just the constant reflection of the ribbon video boards, but the arena seems to have a gold glow to it as you look around, with the yellowish light making it feel a bit eerie almost. The arena, with a second level consisting almost entirely of luxury suites, reminds me a lot of the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. It definitely feels like an NBA venue has been dropped in the middle of the MU campus.

6:30 p.m.

Welcome back to the Newell Post Live, coming to you from Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo., where No. 16 Kansas is getting set to take on No. 19 Missouri in the Border War.

An interesting topic came up in the office a couple days ago: Halfway through the season, who would be leading the Big 12 coach of the year vote?

As a refresher, here is how the conference teams were picked in the preseason poll:

1. Oklahoma (3)109

2. Texas (4)107

T3. Baylor (2)103

T3. Kansas (3)103

5. Texas A&M79

6. Oklahoma State69

7. Missouri51

8. Kansas State50

9. Nebraska49

10. Texas Tech39

11. Iowa State20

12. Colorado13

And here’s how the teams stand now:

1. Oklahoma9-0

2. Kansas8-0

3. Missouri7-2

T4. Kansas State5-4

T4. Nebraska5-4

6. Texas4-4

7. Oklahoma State3-5

T8. Texas A&M3-6

T8. Baylor3-6

10. Texas Tech2-6

T11. Iowa State1-7

T11. Colorado1-7

Obviously a lot can change in the second half of the conference season, but here is my ranking for the Big 12 coaches so far:

1. Mike Anderson, Missouri. The Tigers, behind DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons, have exceeded all expectations. Anderson seems to finally have his system fully implemented at Missouri, and at 20-4, the Tigers are a near-lock for the tournament.

2. Bill Self, Kansas. Let the debate begin: Was Self’s best coaching job last year or this year?

3. Jeff Capel, Oklahoma. Coaches of the league favorite rarely get the coach of the year honor, but if the Sooners go 16-0 in conference, Capel should make room on his mantle for the trophy.

4. Doc Sadler, Nebraska. Wins the award for getting the most out of the least amount of talent.

5. Frank Martin, Kansas State. The Wildcats’ five-game win streak, which includes wins over Texas, Missouri and Texas A&M, has been impressive. If the Wildcats can stay at the No. 4 spot in the Big 12, they will be dancing in March for the second straight year.

Quick trivia: Who won last year’s Big 12 coach of the year? I’ll give you the answer later.

Comments

mom_of_three 6 years, 2 months ago

did everyone see Coach Pinkel playing with his nose on tv? very classy

rancan101 6 years, 2 months ago

marcus,you're a good kid, KID, CUT the fro and start to intimidate,I went to high school with Danny, he WAS intimidating,it's not all talent,there is another side to the GAME,Learn the Game and you will see yourself in the BIG SHOW, P.S look in the mirror today, WHO DO YOU SEE.? I see a KID, STEP UP !

notajayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

Uh oh, this message board is about to turn very, very ugly...

jonas_opines 6 years, 2 months ago

23 turnovers. Can't really win with that very easily.

bookemdano 6 years, 2 months ago

This one stings...Just wait til March 1st.

jayhawks71 6 years, 2 months ago

1.mississippi2.mississippi3.mississippi4.mississippi5.mississippiThat's 5 seconds...1.Mizzery2.Mizzery4.Mizzery5.Is not.

mom_of_three 6 years, 2 months ago

storming the court, when you beat Kansas. Must feel like you won a National championship, because Mizzou knows they will never get there!

Sparko 6 years, 2 months ago

The extra12 or so freethrows might have made a difference for MU. I hate the way the Big XII tries to make these games close. The whole second half was just one foul after another. Stopped the clock too. Bottomline though--never let the home team take the final shot.

stacinkc 6 years, 2 months ago

That was an ugly second half. KU can't have that many turnovers and expect to win. Sloppy play. No offense, just run and gun. Come on fellas, you better get it together or you are going to have a string of losses.

jonas_opines 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, they beat us at home when the championship team were freshman and sophomores, then we crushed them at home. Hopefully again.

youngitized 6 years, 2 months ago

Lack of intensity on the defensive end and lack of efficiency on the offensive end. 9 assists on 23 shots, close to 30 turnovers, and the charge-happy officials equals 8-1, 19-5. I agree, Missery will never reach a Final Four much less a National Championship. We all know Missery gets up for 2 games a year KU here, KU there. I have got March 1 circled on my calendar when revenge is dealt in sweet doses. KU is still ahead in the Big 12 standings so Missery may have won the battle (KU gave this one away), but the war is far from over.

oruam 6 years, 2 months ago

The 5 second call on the inbound pass on Morningstar changed the game. That ref cannot handle big games and should be suspended. The technical on Morris was another bogus call. The ref ran into him!!!! But the 5 second call was made by a referee who wanted his 15 seconds of fame. A good referee should go unnoticed!

jayhawks71 6 years, 2 months ago

There was another 5 second call against that seemed to be missing a second. KU was going right to left, I think Morningstar had the ball, he began to dribble out and the official already had a 1 count on him before he started to dribble out... backed up the video a few times because I couldn't believe 5 seconds had passed, rewound looked at the clock and then rewound again and watched the arm... 4 seconds, max. That on top of the one oruam mentioned.Morris' boneheaded move didn't help. I think he meant to bump the official, but I'm not sure I agree with "intent" fouls. Why should a nearly 7 footer who is bummed with a bad play and perhaps unhappy with the call even notice the stripes crossing his path....I guess because the rules demand it.

jonas_opines 6 years, 2 months ago

Better than being bitter, barry. A couple bogus calls, I'll say, but we turned the ball over more than 20 times. It was a poor game, and if it was another team we would have been blown out completely.

nergie 6 years, 2 months ago

I don't like when people try to compare this game to other games, each indvidual game is unique in its nature. KU did not execute well and in most games they get blown out, but this was game they should have won. Zebras, TOs and missed plays cost the Hawks.I hate MIssery and the scum it oozes and to basically give the game away is absolutely painful. Worst part is have to wait an entire week to get back on the court. HCBS needs to keep the guys spirits up and get them ready for the kitties.

BorderRat 6 years, 2 months ago

mom_ of_ three. I think Coach Pinkel was showing the proper execution of a "Pick and Roll."

MIZZOU3000 6 years, 2 months ago

By putting out the fire .. what did you mean? Did Papa Self's rug catch on fire?I uh think uh uh that uh we we m-m-m-may nuh need to g-g-get the fire ex-extinguisherNice racist comment above about affirmative action on our team by the way. Really shows the class of the average KU fan. Go catch a tumbleweed.

maxcrabb 6 years, 2 months ago

It was painful to watch the referee run into Morrison, turn around, and get him for the technical.I mean, the guy is literally a foot below his eyesight, neither was looking at the other, but Morrison was WALKING, and the referee was RUNNING.Sure, he can go back to Morrison and say, "Hey, watch where you are going buddy. That could be the end of the game for you if you're not careful."Instead, he calls Morrison with the technical, and all he can do is walk to the bench wondering what he did wrong.Obviously, doesn't change the loss, but when players get called out by name for poor performances every day, a paid professional should have a talking to after this mistake.

Bladerunner 6 years, 2 months ago

KU has blown many big leads this season to make close games out of what would be a potential blowouts. We were bound to lose a few of these. You've got to show up for the whole game. One half won't do it against a top 20 team.

MIZZOU3000 6 years, 2 months ago

Outplayed. Out benched.How do you dominate the boards and let Mizzou shoot 30% from the field and win? Defense.Self's rug almost fell off at one point he was so upset at the younger guys. If Mizzou would've settled down and hit 1/3 of the shots they missed - easy shots - this game wouldn't have even been close. Feel happy it was a buzzer beater.

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