Last second heroics save Tigers

The cardiac Tigers were at it again on Monday night in St. Louis. In a game that many thought would be mismatched from the start, Missouri started slowly and St. Louis University over achieved. In the end, both team's point guards hit improbably shots in their respective team's final possessions. Luckily for the Tigers, Stokes' jumper from just inside the arc was the game winner.

You have to hand it to St. Louis. Obviously outmanned at every position but point guard, the Billikens game #2 ranked Missouri all that it could handle Monday night. However, the Tigers pulled it out in the end 69-67.

The Tigers trailed by four at the intermission, but Mizzou came back nicely in the second half primarily on the shooting of Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert, who both scored 18 points in the game.

Missouri was also paced by it's big bopper on the inside, Arthur Johnson. A.J. scored 14 points, but more importantly, had 16 rebounds versus SLU! It was Johnson's third straight double-double.

Stokes, who finished the game with just four points, spent much of the night chasing SLU's excellent junior point guard Marquis Perry, who scored a game-high 20 points.

In fact, it was Perry who threw in a line drive three point shot over Stokes' distinctive head to tie the game with less than five seconds to play.

Unfazed, Stokes took the in-bounds pass from Rickey Paulding, drove the length of the court and did his best Kareem Rush impression by creating some space for his jumper and sinking the game winner as time expired.

The only category where Mizzou dominated this game was in rebounding. The Tigers out rebounded the Billikens 38 to 28.

In stark contrast, the Billikens had a huge advantage in three-point shooting (.615 versus .100 for Missouri). It was easily St. Louis' best shooting performance of the season from long range, and Missouri's worst.

Missouri, now 8-0, will meet Southern University on Thursday night back at Hearnes. Mizzou will need to concentrate at the task at hand in that game, because games against Iowa in Columbia and Illinois back in St. Louis are looming in the near future.


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