Missouri gets much needed road win

Big Arthur Johnson took it hard. Quin Snyder had questioned the team's heart, he had questioned AJ himself. Some worried that AJ would respond by sulking. Happily, Johnson broke loose at Kansas State with a monsterous performance scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds leading Missouri over Kansas State in Manhattan.

Missouri's not back yet, but they've taken an important step in the right direction by defeating Kansas State on the road by 15 points.

It's clear that Missouri will only go as far as their big three will take them on any given night. Against K-State, Arthur Johnson, Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert all three performed well.

AJ was clearly too big and strong for the Kansas State post players as he repeatedly got position and scored with his baby hook. Doc's 23 points were a career high for the sophomore forward.

Johnson was equally adept on the boards grabbing 15 total boards, seven of which were on the offensive end.

Kareem Rush scored 20 points, but did all of his damage from long range. He shot 50% from three-point range. That's the good news. What is disturbing is that Rush didn't get to the free throw line once, had four fouls, and he only had one rebound in the game.

Clarence Gilbert went off for 19 points on a 5-11 shooting performance. Gilbert also shot 50% from the three-point arc.

The rest of the Tigers contributed in important bit roles highlighted by Wes Stokes had six assists, and Justin Gage had eight rebounds.

One Tiger that didn't get into the act in a positive way was Travon Bryant. Bryant went 1-2 from the field and ended up fouling out.

However, a blow-out win on the road in the Big 12 is always welcome regardless of the circumstances. With the win, Missouri avenged a rather hideous loss in Manhattan last season.

Missouri returns home for a Wednesday game versus Texas A&M back in Hearnes.


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