Mizzou Wins, Rush Hurt

Missouri withstood a tough Alabama team and the loss of its star player to prevail in the semi final game of the Guardian's Classic 75-68. Rush's availability for the championship game vs. Iowa is questionable.

It wasn't Missouri's heralded three-point attack that allowed them to beat the 22nd ranked Crimson Tide on Tuesday night. In fact, Missouri made just six three-point buckets on the night in 23 attempts.

Rather, it was a dose of grit, determination and "want to", as the old timers like to call it that carried the Tigers in this game.

When Kareem Rush left the game with about 8 minutes to play and the game very much up for grabs, it was unclear what the rest of the Missouri team would do. How would they respond to this type of adversity so early in the season?

Clarence Gilbert and Wesley Stokes became rebounding machines. Gilbert ended the game with nine boards, while Stokes was credited with an even dozen. The senior leader Gilbert also added a game high 18 points to rally the young Missouri team against a very game Bama squad.

Arthur Johnson also contributed well on both sides of the court scoring 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks.

Travon Bryant, Najeeb Echols and Ricky Paulding all contributed eight to nine points a piece and were also key contributers to the victory.

Mizzou moves on to the championship game on Wednesday night vs. #9 Iowa, which defeated #12 Memphis 75-71 in the other semifinal.

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