Tigers Fall In Waco 64-62

Missouri Tigers venture down to Waco, TX and lose to the Bears

On Saturday afternoon in Waco, the Baylor Bears (19-5, 6-4) defeated the Missouri Tigers (18-7, 6-4) by the final score of 64-62.


Missouri trailed for nearly the entire game, but managed to hang around until Kim English hauled in a half court pass from J.T. Tiller and converted a break-away lay-up with 46.9 seconds remaining in the game.  An intentional foul was called on the play, as Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn pushed English in the back as he went up for the lay-up.  English hit one of the two FTs to give the Tigers the lead, 62-61.  Then, Tiller missed a reverse lay-up on the ensuing Tiger possession.


English fouled Dunn as he drove toward Baylor's basket with 6.2 seconds remaining.  Dunn made the first FT to knot the score at 62, then missed the second.  It was at this point that the rebounding advantage (35-26) which Baylor had displayed throughout the game asserted itself.  Baylor got three offensive rebounds off of the missed FT, and Ekpe Udoh converted the third one, tipping the ball in for the winning score with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. 


Dunn led Baylor with 17 points, and Tweety Carter chipped in 14 points.  Quincy Acy finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Udoh had 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.


Zaire Taylor led Missouri with 15 points, while English and Justin Safford each chipped in 13 points. Laurence Bowers contributed 10 points.  Keith Ramsey started the game and played 15 minutes, but appeared to be at less than 100%.  Inexplicably, Marcus Denmon only played 17 minutes, on a day when English played 31 minutes, and was 4-12 from the field, including 1-6 from behind the arc.  English played a floor game that was better than his usual, but there's no reasonable explanation possible for him to play almost twice as much as Denmon, especially on a day when he wasn't shooting the ball well.


Afterwards, Missouri Head Coach Mike Anderson talked about the effort.  "I'll tell you what.  It's never easy on the road.  We did everything that we needed to do to put ourselves in position to win this game............. We had our chances.............. I'm proud of our guys............... I just feel bad that I wasn't able to get them over that hump............... Our guys gave themselves a chance.  They played hard.  They played together.  They played some inspired basketball.............. We did a lot of good things, no question about it, and we put ourselves in position..............  But, let's give Baylor some credit.............. The loss hurts, but I was just proud of how our guys responded when some adversity took place.  They responded in a positive way, to put themselves in a position to have a chance to win the game.  And, that's how you steal games on the road................ We just didn't close the deal............. I thought we got
better.  I really do."


Coach Anderson shortened his bench, as he went with the veterans more than usual.  We've seen him do this before, and this is the way he will coach.  But, I don't agree with going with English over Denmon that much.  This team needs for Denmon to be out there.  The Tigers missed Ramsey at the end, too.  Would Keith have come down with that rebound, or done a better job of blocking out?  Mike Dixon only played 4 minutes.


Coach has to resist his tendency to shorten his bench too much.  The Tigers' depth is one of their major strengths, but you have to use it, or it's not a strength.  I do agree with Coach Anderson that the team played together at Baylor. They worked together to get good shots.  Except for English and Safford (4-11), the usual culprits, the Tigers shots well from the field. Bowers was 5-7 from the field and Denmon was 2-4, including 1-2 from behind the arc.  Why did Bowers only get 7 shots?  Why Denmon only 4? 
Overall though, the Tigers hung around, hung tough.  I thought they played with a little more intelligence than usual, but in the end, it wasn't enough.


Box Score
VISITORS: Missouri 18-7 (6-4) RV/RV
                          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  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   3   0  0  0  0  0  15
23 Safford, Justin..... f  4-11   0-0    5-6    2  4  6   2  13  1  2  0  2  32
04 Tiller, J.T......... g  2-3    1-1    1-1    0  3  3   2   6  3  4  0  1  29
11 Taylor, Zaire....... g  6-13   3-5    0-0    1  1  2   3  15  2  1  0  1  34
24 English, Kim........ g  4-12   1-6    4-6    0  2  2   3  13  3  1  0  0  31
03 Paul, Miguel........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
10 Dixon, Michael......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  1  0  0  0   4
12 Denmon, Marcus......    2-4    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   0   5  1  0  0  1  17
21 Bowers, Laurence....    5-7    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   1  10  4  2  0  0  30
32 Moore, Steve........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                         2  1  3
   Totals..............   23-51   6-14  10-13   8 18 26  17  62 15 10  0  5 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-25 48.0%   2nd Half: 11-26 42.3%   Game: 45.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-6  100 %   2nd Half:  4-7  57.1%   Game: 76.9%    1


HOME TEAM: Baylor 19-5 (6-4) 24/RV
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
13 Udoh, Ekpe.......... f  2-6    0-0    2-2    4  6 10   2   6  1  2  3  2  33
41 Jones, Anthony...... f  0-4    0-2    2-2    2  2  4   0   2  0  2  0  1  24
50 Lomers, Josh........ c  2-2    0-0    4-4    0  3  3   4   8  0  1  1  1  20
24 Dunn, LaceDarius.... g  4-12   3-11   6-7    1  3  4   3  17  1  1  0  1  36
45 Carter, Tweety...... g  5-11   2-6    2-3    1  1  2   1  14  6  3  0  1  35
04 Acy, Quincy.........    5-8    0-0    2-3    5  6 11   1  12  0  2  1  0  28
22 Walton, A.J.........    2-5    1-2    0-0    0  1  1   3   5  1  2  0  0  24
   Totals..............   20-48   6-21  18-21  13 22 35  14  64  9 13  5  6 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-23 47.8%   2nd Half:  9-25 36.0%   Game: 41.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-11 36.4%   2nd Half:  2-10 20.0%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 12-13 92.3%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 85.7%    0
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Missouri......................   32   30  -   62
Baylor........................   38   26  -   64


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