Kleiza Named to Big 12 All-Tournament Team

Sophomore averaged 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in Tiger's two tournament games

Columbia, Mo. – Sophomore Linas Kleiza was named to the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Tournament Team following Sunday's Championship game. Kleiza averaged 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the Tigers' two games. He is the first Tiger to earn all-tournament honors since Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson were named to the squad in 2003 during the Tigers run to the tournament final.

Kleiza was outstanding in the Tigers' tourney opener against Nebraska when he recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds. He was 11-of-12 from the free throw line and 7-of-15 from the field against the Huskers to lead Mizzou to its eighth straight Big 12 Tournament opening round win on Thursday.

On Friday, Kleiza continued his magical play scoring a career-best 33 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field against No.1-seed Oklahoma. The Kaunas, Lithuania native knocked in a career-best 17-of-19 free throws against OU. His 33-point outing was the most points scored by a Tiger since Rickey Paulding scored 36 points against Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and equaled the most points an MU player has scored in a Big 12 Tournament game.

Others named to the team included Joey Graham (Tournament MVP, Oklahoma State), Wayne Simien (Kansas), Ronald Ross (Texas Tech) and John Lucas (Oklahoma State). Kleiza and the Tigers will learn their post season fate tonight as the National Invitation Tournament will be announced.

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