Tigers Fall in Norman 66-61

The Tigers stumble on the road in Oklahoma to the Sooners

On Saturday afternoon, in Norman, the Oklahoma Sooners (11-6, 2-1)defeated the Missouri Tigers (14-4, 2-1) by the final score of 66-61.


The Sooners were led by Willie Warren (21 pts.) and Cade Davis, with his first career double-double (15 pts., 11 rebounds), as Oklahoma converted home-court advantage and Missouri miscues into a 17-5 second half run that resulted in a 5-point lead with 5 minutes remaining in the game.  OU managed to hold on for the win, as Missouri mounted a too-late comeback that fell just short.


Early in the game, Missouri's defense sped up the Sooners, and Missouri built an early advantage, and led 32-27 at the half.  OU's freshman center, Tiny Gallon, was a complete non-factor in this game, and senior guard Tony Crocker, who was injured early in the game, played just 5 minutes.


After the game, Missouri Coach Anderson discussed the road loss, and the disappointing play of his team.  "When you have opportunities on the road, you've got to seize that moment...........  I thought we were right there.  Normally, we cash in on those opportunities.............. Laurence Bowers has been our most consistent player.............. There were some things that took place that I thought was disappointing.  I thought our seniors could've played a lot better."


Bowers led Missouri with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  On the day, Missouri shot 36% from the field, and 24% from behind the arc.  OU commited 20 turnovers, but outrebounded Missouri 44-35, and shot over 40% from the field.


In previewing this game, I had identified a handful of keys to the game, if the Tigers were to capture their second road win in four days.  While the pace of the game was not what the Tigers would have liked, it was still too fast for OU's freshman big man.  The Tigers never sustained the kind of defense that allows them to establish the pace they want and that translates into their "brand of basketball " on both ends of the court.  Justin Safford had a decent line, 9 points, and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes played, but his defensive play was not satisfactory.

 
Kim English failed to bring a defensive mindset to this game, and eventually sat for the final 5 minutes of the second half because he was simply unable to guard anyone (Cade Davis?) effectively.  His failure to bring the required defensive mindset, the blue-collar, or hard-hat mentality, translated onto the offensive end too, for English, as he again tried to do too much with the ball in his hands, and made numerous bad decisions with the ball, resulting in too many empty possessions for his team.


The question that looms large over this season for the Tigers?  Will Kim English develop the maturity to bring the required defensive mentality to daily practices and games?  Will he dedicate himself to learning how to play defense, and make playing consistently excellent defense his primary priority?


Coach Anderson talked about the future of his team.  "The thing we have to work on (after) today is more the mental approach than anything else............ We'll get this team.  We'll be okay."


On a positive note from this game, Steve Moore continues to show improvement, and Mike Dixon performed pretty well in his third conference outing.  Keith Ramsey played well on both ends of the court, except for a costly turnover late in the game on an attempted bounce pass to a cutting J.T. Tiller with Missouri trailing by 2 points.


Box Score


VISITORS: Missouri 14-4, 2-1


                          TOT-FG  3-PT        REBOUNDS


## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN


15 RAMSEY, Keith....... f  3-4    1-1    1-2    3  1  4  1  8  3  3  0  2  30
23 SAFFORD, Justin..... f  3-8    0-1    3-3    3  2  5  3  9  0  0  1  0  14
04 TILLER, J.T......... g  2-5    0-1    0-0    0  4  4  3  4  0  3  0  3  20
11 TAYLOR, Zaire....... g  1-7    1-5    0-0    1  2  3  2  3  8  0  0  0  31
24 ENGLISH, Kim........ g  4-12  0-5    1-3    0  3  3  0  9  1  4  0  1  21
03 PAUL, Miguel........    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0  2  0  0  1  0  0  8
10 DIXON, Michael......    1-5    0-1    2-2    0  0  0  2  4  0  0  0  2  17
12 DENMON, Marcus......    2-7    2-5    1-2    1  1  2  1  7  0  0  0  0  26
21 BOWERS, Laurence....    7-12  1-1    0-0    4  6 10  3  15  2  0  3  2  23
32 MOORE, Steve........    0-2    0-0    2-2    0  3  3  0  2  0  0  0  0  10
  TEAM................                            1  1
  Totals..............  23-64  5-21  10-14  12 23 35  17  61 14 11  4 10 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-36 33.3%  2nd Half: 11-28 39.3%  Game: 35.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-13 30.8%  2nd Half:  1-8  12.5%  Game: 23.8%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%  2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%  Game: 71.4%    1

HOME TEAM: Oklahoma 11-6, 2-1


/>                          TOT-FG  3-PT        REBOUNDS


## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN


24 Gallon, Tiny........ f  0-3    0-0    0-0    2  5  7  2  0  0  3  0  0  14
05 Crocker, Tony....... g  0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2  0  0  0  1  0  0  5
11 Mason-Griffin, Tommy g  2-9    2-6    2-2    0  4  4  2  8  5  7  0  2  40
13 Warren, Willie...... g  5-11  3-7    8-8    1  3  4  4  21  5  5  0  0  39
34 Davis, Cade......... g  7-14  1-4    0-1    3  8 11  2  15  0  4  0  0  36
01 Wright, Ryan........    5-7    0-0    2-4    3  5  8  2  12  0  0  0  0  27
02 Pledger, Steven.....    3-9    2-8    2-2    1  4  5  1  10  0  0  2  1  38
04 Fitzgerald, Andrew..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1
  TEAM................                        1  1  2
  Totals..............  22-54  8-25  14-17  12 32 44  13  66 10 20  2  3 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-27 33.3%  2nd Half: 13-27 48.1%  Game: 40.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-17 29.4%  2nd Half:  3-8  37.5%  Game: 32.0%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%  2nd Half: 10-12 83.3%  Game: 82.4%    0
Score by Periods                1st  2nd  Total
Missouri......................  32  29  -  61
Oklahoma......................  27  39  -  66


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