Road weary Tigers fall to Wildcats 88-72

Missouri was hoping to win five conference games in a row heading into Wednesday night's game in Manhattan Kansas. K State jumped out to a fast start and never looked back, defeated the Tigers 88-72 in front of a rowdy home crowd. Go inside this free read for quotes and notes from the Missouri players and Coach Mike Anderson.

Coach Mike Anderson

Opening statement

"Tonight K-State was making some shots. They were good shots and some of the shots may not have been contested. My hat goes off to them. I thought they attacked us. At times I thought they controlled the basketball through getting rebounds. They knocked us off kilt and once we were off kilt we never regained our composure."

On whether the early charging fouls had an effect on the game.

"We were prepared for that; they play the passing lanes and get after you and they do a good job of rotating. We have to be able to pull up and make a nice pass. I thought our guys just got out of control and they made us pay for it. They drew three charges right of the bat. We were able to get past the first line, but then they were able to have someone in position and we were not able to make the extra pass. That is something we have been doing well all year long, but we just couldn't do it tonight."

On whether this game shook the team's confidence.

"I think we will be alright. This is just one game; we have played 20 (games) before this. One game doesn't make a season. We just have to learn from it. When you play on the road, it's not easy to do. You have to shoot the ball well and we didn't shoot the ball well. We had 17 turnovers, which is uncharacteristic for us. I was really disappointed in that from a guard play standpoint."

Senior Guard Demarre Carroll

On the opening charge calls.

"Give credit to Kansas State. They took some really good charges. They figured out that we were going to drive and get the ball inside. Those calls kind of set the tone, but we regrouped. We have to just go back and learn from it."

On trying to find their rhythm tonight.

"I don't think we played defense like we should, and we feed off our defense. Locking down and getting steals and turnovers on defense usually creates easy offense for us. I think we have to go back and look at film and see what we did wrong on defense because our defense is our bread and butter, not our offense. I think we leaned more on our offense tonight."

Senior Guard Matt Lawrence

On how the loss affects the team's confidence going into Saturday.

"We just have to get back to practicing and like Coach (Mike Anderson) says, you have to forget about it by midnight. We have to face a team Saturday, Baylor, who can shoot the ball well, just like Kansas State did tonight. K-State did a great job of attacking us. They have some good guards and we are going to see that on Saturday as well. We have to forget about this game because we have some of the best guards in the Big 12 coming to our place on Saturday."

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