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English sparks MU to Sweet 16 berth

Missouri guard Kim English (24) puts up a shot over the reach of Marquette guard Jerel McNeal. English came off the bench to score 17 points in Missouri’s 83-79 victory over Marquette on Sunday in Boise, Idaho.

Missouri guard Kim English (24) puts up a shot over the reach of Marquette guard Jerel McNeal. English came off the bench to score 17 points in Missouri’s 83-79 victory over Marquette on Sunday in Boise, Idaho.

March 23, 2009

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— Four unbelievable minutes. Two gargantuan free throws.

Freshman Kim English came off the bench to “pinch shoot” for the hurting J.T. Tiller and made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left Sunday to give Missouri the go-ahead points in an 83-79 victory over Marquette.

It was quite an encore for English, who had an out-of-body 41⁄2-minute shooting spree in the first half, scoring 15 points and helping third-seeded Mizzou (30-6) turn a six-point deficit into a 16-point lead.

English was on the bench for most of the second half, watching sixth-seeded Marquette chip away at the lead and eventually go ahead. But when Tiller fell hard after being fouled with the score tied at 79, coach Mike Anderson took advantage of the college rule that allows teams to substitute for an injured free-throw shooter.

He chose English, who made both and finished with 17 points.

Marquette’s Lazar Hayward stepped over the baseline on the ensuing inbounds pass, and the Golden Eagles were forced to foul. Leo Lyons made two free throws to ice the game, and Missouri moved on to face Memphis in the Sweet 16.

Marquette’s Jerel McNeal matched his career high with 30 points.

Comments

ArumerZwarteHoop 5 years ago

That’s why Mizzou graduates 20% of their basketball players. Everyone knows it is the school with the lowest ethical and intelligence standards in the big 12 and maybe the country.

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tonymontana 5 years ago

Get those Misery Tigers out of here.

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TheYetiSpeaks 5 years ago

"But don't let facts get in the way of blind hatred, it's evidently one of your basic principles at KU."

Yes...no Mizzou fan would ever say anything so low. Come on, man. If you don't want to see Ku fans say stupid things quit trolling the Lawrence paper's website. I wont be reading on the Columbia paper's website because I dont have time for stupid Mizzou fans...except for you apparently.

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jonas_opines 5 years ago

"But don't let facts get in the way of blind hatred, it's evidently one of your basic principles at KU."

One might give you the same advice. Keep in mind the representative qualities of internet posters in general, and specifically those who will call themselves Confrontation. Arumer's posting history should give you an idea on his posting personality.

It's too bad, you had a good post, for the most part, that was then totally ruined by your stupid attempt to tie two individual posts to an entire college. Now you just look like another individual fool.

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mom_of_three 5 years ago

Although Tiller had hit free throws with less than a minute left, does the fact he was only 4 of 6 make any sort of different in Anderson's decision, considering the game was on the line? Marquette's fans seem to think so.

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prrkc 5 years ago

'English? No MU players can speak it.'

Yep, he only carries a 3.2 in Architectural Design, obviously dumb. Just like Carroll, already graduated, working on Masters, all-academic Big 12. Tiller and Lawrence, also outstanding students, and starters, not walk-ons tasked with keeping up the academic appearances.

'Anderson will do anything to win, even if it's ethically wrong. '

Have no idea where you came up with that, stupidest thing I have ever heard. But don't let facts get in the way of blind hatred, it's evidently one of your basic principles at KU.

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logicsound04 5 years ago

Like Calvin said Tiller is a better freethrow shooter, and like some of my Missouri fan friends (yes, I know) said, if they had the choice of anyone on their team shooting freethrows in an end-of-game situation, it would have been Tiller.

Since he was the one slated to shoot the freethrows and Anderson instead chose a freshman off the bench who hadn't been in the game for some time, I think it's safe to say that MU wasn't trying to pull a fast one.

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ArumerZwarteHoop 5 years ago

English? No MU players can speak it.

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Confrontation 5 years ago

Anderson will do anything to win, even if it's ethically wrong. Afterall, he coaches at Mizzou. They don't exactly hold their coaches to a high standard.

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jonas_opines 5 years ago

I seem to recall some predictions that all Big 12 teams would be out of the tournament by now.

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cheeseburger 5 years ago

I'm not sure what the answer is, but I think the NCAA needs to look at that rule. I've seen it abused before, and the potential for the increased feigning of injury to allow a better free thrower to shoot is real. Perhaps sitting out longer than the next dead ball is a possibility.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

If you get the wind knocked out of you, it can easily leave you incapacitated enough not to be able to shoot free throws for a few minutes, but recovered quickly enough to come back into the game shortly thereafter.

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calvin 5 years ago

Yes, since Tiller has a better FT percentage than English does.

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mom_of_three 5 years ago

Although Anderson's play was totally legal, do you think J.T. Tiller was actually injured enough not to shoot freethrows, considering he came back in the game afterward??

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