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Missouri rises to occasion late

Missouri guard Zaire Taylor lets out a roar after a Missouri bucket during the second half Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri guard Zaire Taylor lets out a roar after a Missouri bucket during the second half Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at Mizzou Arena.

February 10, 2009

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Mizzou edges past KU, 62-60

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2009 KU-MU Feb. 10

— He spoke softly, but DeMarre Carroll delivered a big message when asked if Missouri had taken back the Border War in basketball.

“Yeah,” he said barely over a whisper with a big smile, “I would say that.”

With Monday’s 62-60 victory at Mizzou Arena, the Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak against the Jayhawks.

Trailing 30-16 at halftime, MU coach Mike Anderson delivered a unique message to his players at the break.

“Coach just looked at us, and he kind of laughed like, ‘Y'all are at home. Calm down. We know y'all have the jitters in you. Calm down,’” Carroll said. “Everybody looked at each other and started laughing. We just hopped up and said, ‘Let’s go out and get it.’”

The Tigers responded by playing better in the second half.

MU shot 46.7 percent in the second 20 minutes and also made 17 of 23 free throws.

In the first half, the Tigers shot 24.1 percent and were just 1-for-4 from the line.

“There’s bad news, then there’s good news,” Anderson said, recalling his halftime speech. “I got the bad news out, then the good news is, ‘Hey, fellas, we get to play in the second half. I think the first five minutes are going to tell me what you guys are made of.’”

MU still trailed, 58-51, with 3:49 left before going on its final run.

The Tigers scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points, which included Zaire Taylor’s game-winner with 1.3 seconds left.

“We like to say in practice the last 10 minutes of the game is our game with our depth and everything like that we like to use to our advantage,” MU guard J.T. Tiller said. “When we see them bleeding, we like to put our foot on their neck. At the 10-minute mark, that’s our motivation. We say it’s our time.”

Added Anderson: “Fatigue was a big factor in this game. You’re not going to see Sherron Collins go to the free-throw line and miss two free throws. I guess we can attribute that to our fans, too.”

The Tigers also credited the victory to improved second-half defense.

KU shot 50 percent in the second half but turned the ball over 15 times. In addition, Tiller held Collins to nine points on 4-for-13 shooting.

“Second half, you could see J.T. was like a Tasmanian Devil,” Anderson said. “He was everywhere. He was touching balls, he was diving on the floor, he got a big jump ball down the stretch. But that’s what he does. He just does things to help you win.”

Collins contributed three assists with six turnovers.

Tyshawn Taylor was the only KU player in double figures with 11. Cole Aldrich had just eight points on 3-for-8 shooting.

“Not many teams are going to say that, ‘Hey, we held Aldrich and Sherron Collins to under single digits,’” Anderson said.

MU (21-4, 8-2 Big 12) won the game despite shooting a season-low field-goal percentage (35.6 percent) and three-point percentage (14.3 percent).

It was the Tigers’ 16th straight victory in front of their home fans.

“We’ve got to give them a reason to come, and when they come, we’ve got to give them a reason to stay,” Anderson said. “I don’t think they went home disappointed tonight.”

Comments

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 5 years, 8 months ago

MU missed foul shots and 3 pointers all night and still won. So what happens next time when they make them?KU only seems to have one half of basketball in them and then they fall apart. If they ever show up for the whole game, they're going to be phenomenal.

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cojayhwk 5 years, 8 months ago

The Morriss twins are worthless. Niteher of them represent KU basketball the way they should. Whichever one bumped the ref last night should be suspended. That play alone got the crowd as well as the Missouri team back in the game. They do nothing but play dirty, talk back to refs, and blame everyone but themselves for their lack of a effort and talent on the court. THEY SHOULD TRANSFER TO VILLANOVA!!!!

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plivanec 5 years, 8 months ago

I have never seen sooooo many bad calls by the refs. They need to fire that officiating crew.

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maxcrabb 5 years, 8 months ago

cojayhawk: Morris did not bump the ref. He was walking, the ref was running. The ref ran into Morris.If you can watch the clip, just look at Morris's eyes. He doesn't see the ref, because he's two feet taller than him. The ref wasn't looking either, and they collide. Should have been a no-call.AND! If you think they talk back to the refs, then why did Morris quickly sit down on the bench and avoid an ejection? That seems like something an intelligent player would do.

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TopJayhawk 5 years, 8 months ago

Max. Wrong, he definately leaned into the ref. He ought to be suspended, and Coach should run his butt off in practice. They do talk back to the refs, and they aren't giving 100%.I'm not sure we need to offer them scholarships next yr.That was shocking and embarrasing.

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Jeff Kilgore 5 years, 8 months ago

TOP, you sure as H don't speak for me! The Morris twins will be fantastic, maybe by this year's end. Lose one game to a rival by two points with kids 3 to 4 years younger on average, and here comes the whining. You don't want the Morris twins, huh? You know, when you're a college fan, and you have ANY sense about the game, you know that young kids will learn from their mistakes. I would rather that the bumping incident didn't happen, but it will be dealt with. I trust Self. If MU never won, I would get sick of the whole rivalry issue. They may not beat KU again there or here for the next five years! Look at the recruits and the way these kids will improve. AND WE STILL NEARLY WON. We just shot the ball like crap and threw it away too many times. Don't jump off the ship!

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