The Home Streak Is Over

Tigers 32 game home winning streak comes to an end against Aggies 77-74

On Wednesday evening, Missouri's home winning streak came to an end at 32, as the Texas A&M Aggies (16-6, 5-3) defeated the Missouri Tigers (16-6, 4-3) by the score of 77-74.


Inexplicably, when the Tigers came down the court for the final possession, looking to take a 3-PT shot to tie the game, senior guard J.T. Tiller, with his 17% 3-PT FG%, was on the floor, and of course, he ended up taking the shot.  With that shot, the Tigers had a 17% chance of tying the game.  On the bench were Miguel Paul (38% 3-PT FG%), and Justin Safford (42% 3-PT FG%).


After the game Coach Anderson indicated that "this one's on me".  I'm not exactly sure what it was to which he was referring.  But, if you're going to come out of a time-out with the plan to attempt to tie the score with a 3-PT shot, then Tiller has to be on the bench.  That one is on Coach Anderson.  You've got to give yourself your best chance.


That being said, the Tigers played one of their worst games of the season.  Had it not been for outstanding play on the defensive end by senior Keith Ramsey, the Tigers would have been in a big hole at halftime.  Instead, they led 37-36 at the half.


Fueled by tremendous defense by Ramsey and Tiller, Missouri opened the second half with a 15-5 run.   Up 11 with 14:36 to go in the second half, the Tigers undertook to give the game away, with several different players taking turns running a one-man offense, and with everyone failing on the defensive end.


Give A&M credit.  They out-rebounded Missouri 44-26, and despite 21 turnovers, and 53% FT shooting, the Aggies gave themselves a chance to win with 52% FG%, largely the result of easy fast-break baskets off of attacking Missouri's full court pressure and off of 12 Missouri turnovers.


Coach Anderson talked about some of what cost the Tigers this game.  "There was a period there where we just got away from doing the things that got us the lead and I thought that was when we lost the rhythm.  You could just see A&M's heads go up.............. The rebounding, that's toughness, to me.  They got all the rebounds and all the loose balls and we didn't have an answer for Loubeau going down the stretch.  He made some big plays for them."


In addition to Loubeau (17 points, 8 rebounds), Coach Anderson credited A&M's seniors, Donald Sloan (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Bryan Davis (9 points, 11 rebounds) with doing what it takes to win.


Coach Anderson continued to talk about what went wrong for Missouri. "It seemed like there were some loose balls there that we normally come up with, but we just could not, could not pull them in.............. We had a period there, it seems the same thing happened against Kansas, where we kind of lost our composure.  We came down, and just did some things out of character that allowed A&M to gain momentum."


This game looked a lot like Missouri's other losses.  The Tigers failed to bring the tough, defensive mindset that this team has to have to win, and failed to work as a unit on the offensive end, settling instead for higher degree of difficulty shots that were the result of individuals' efforts, and were not "in rhythm".  The Tigers shoot well from outside when they go inside, then nove the ball back out to the waiting open shooter.  But, they have to have the right guys taking the right shots.  That didn't happen often enough on Wednesday night.  This was a damaging loss, that offered few positives.  Sophomores Laurence Bowers and Steve Moore each played pretty well.


Box Score 
Texas A&M 77
  Total 3-point  Rebounds


## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min


00  Davis, Bryan  f  4-6  0-0  1-3  4-7  11  4  9  4  2  2  0  27 
10  Loubeau, David  f  6-12  0-0  5-10  6-2  8  4  17  0  2  0  0  20 
05  Harris, Dash  g  0-0  0-0  1-2  0-1  1  0  1  2  6  0  2  20 
11  Holmes, B.J.  g  3-5  2-4  2-4  2-4  6  3  10  3  2  0  0  38 
15  Sloan, Donald  g  5-14  2-3  5-5  1-7  8  4  17  1  6  0  2  37 
02  Lewis, Derrek  -  0-1  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1 
14  Darko, Andrew  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1 
21  Turner, Ray  -  2-2  0-0  0-1  2-0  2  0  4  0  0  0  1  8 
22  Middleton, Khris  -  5-9  2-3  4-7  0-4  4  2  16  0  2  1  0  26 
23  Hibbert, Naji  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  1  0  0  0  0  1  11 
45  Walkup, Nathan  -  1-1  0-0  1-4  0-1  1  2  3  2  0  0  1  11 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  1-2  3  -  -  -  1  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  26-50  6-10  19-36  16-28  44  20  77  12  21  3  7  200 
52.0%  60.0%  52.8% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:  14-26  3-7  5-9 
53.8%  42.9%  55.6% 
2nd Half:  12-24  3-3  14-27 
50.0%  100 %  51.9% 
Missouri 74
  Total 3-point  Rebounds


## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min


15  RAMSEY, Keith  f  0-1  0-0  0-0  0-1  1  5  0  2  1  2  3  24 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  f  4-8  2-3  2-2  0-1  1  2  12  1  1  1  3  24 
04  TILLER, J.T.  g  6-13  0-4  0-2  2-0  2  2  12  0  2  0  3  26 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  g  2-8  1-5  3-4  1-3  4  5  8  3  3  0  1  33 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  g  5-11  2-5  3-3  0-5  5  1  15  3  1  0  2  27 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  0-2  0-2  0-0  0-0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  5 
10  DIXON, Michael  -  2-4  1-2  0-2  0-0  0  4  5  1  1  0  2  13 
12  DENMON, Marcus  -  2-6  2-5  3-4  0-0  0  1  9  0  1  0  1  19 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  -  4-7  1-2  2-2  5-5  10  4  11  2  2  1  0  22 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  0-0  0-0  2-2  0-1  1  1  2  0  0  1  0  7 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  1-1  2  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  25-60  9-28  15-21  9-17  26  26  74  12  12  5  15  200 
41.7%  32.1%  71.4% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT


1st Half:  12-27  4-12  9-11 
44.4%  33.3%  81.8% 
2nd Half:  13-33  5-16  6-10 
39.4%  31.3%  60.0% 
Score by Periods  1st  2nd  Total   
Texas A&M  36  41  77  Record: (16-6, 5-3) 
Missouri  37  37  74  Record: (16-6, 4-3) 


Black & Gold Illustrated Top Stories