Tigers Win Thriller in OT 69-67

The Missouri Tigers come away winners on last second shot in OT against Iowa State

On Tuesday evening in Ames, the Missouri Tigers (22-8, 10-5) prevailed over the Iowa State Cyclones (14-16, 3-12) in overtime by the final score of 69-67.


Zaire Taylor made only three field goals all night, but each of them was bigger than the one before, as he tied the game with his first field goal at the end of regulation.  Then, his second field goal tied the game again, near the end of the overtime period.  Then, with 6 seconds left in OT, and the score tied at 67, Taylor drove the length of the court, and hit a running hook-shot over Marquis Gilstrap and Craig Brackins as time expired.


The Tigers appeared to be mentally fatigued for much of the night, evidenced by numerous miscues and mental lapses, resulting in missed shots and 19 Missouri turnovers.  But, Missouri played great defense most of the night, especially when they most needed to get stops, and forced the Cyclones into 20 turnovers.  At crunch time, the Tigers really cinched down their defense, and more often than not, took the ball away from the Cyclones.  Missouri out-rebounded the much taller Iowa State squad 41-40, and also recorded 7 blocked shots on the night.


After the game, Coach Anderson talked about his team's tenth conference win.  "Oh man, what a gutty performance!  A gutty performance by different individuals.............. Our guys had some resilience.  They just found a way to win.............. Our guys feed off of (J.T. Tiller).  Not only him, but also a guy like Zaire Taylor.  And, I thought Keith Ramsey was big from a standpoint of defensively.  He had two great stops on Brackins in the open court.  You got to have those plays to win.  Our backs were against the wall.  I never saw any quit in our team.  We were down four, and Marcus Denmon got that big rebound and put it back in.  Our defense stepped up when they had to.............. To me, it was a total team effort.  I thought our guys were kind of spent.  You know, they spent a lot of emotion in that Kansas State game.  They had put their whole hearts into that one."


J.T. Tiller led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points, and Marcus Denmon again came up huge for the Tigers, with 16 points, on 6-10 field goals, to go along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, one blocked shot, and no turnovers.  Mike Dixon came up big on the road for the Tigers, with 10 points on the night, but his biggest contribution may have been the energy and mental alertness he brought to the floor.


Zaire Taylor laughed, and talked about his last-second shot, and the contributions of some of his teammates.  "It was a big win.  We had the right guys on the floor.  I told Marcus to get to the right corner.  Marcus had kept us in this game, Marcus and J.T............. I was expecting them to help heavy, because it was the last shot, and I was thinking Marcus is going to hit this wide-open shot.  Once I saw the space, and they didn't come (to help), I knew I'd have an opportunity at the basket.  They'd been blocking my shot all day, so I knew I'd have to get it up high in the air.  They got some big guys, like an NBA line-up."


As Coach said, it was a total team effort, and the Tigers struggled taking care of the ball, but played the kind of defense that gives you a chance to win every time you take the floor. 


Box Score
VISITORS: Missouri 22-8, 10-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT        REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN


04 Tiller, J.T......... *  6-12  2-2    3-4    2  3  5  2  17  2  5  0  2  31
11 Taylor, Zaire....... *  3-10  0-3    0-0    0  3  3  2  6  5  1  0  3  31
15 Ramsey, Keith....... *  3-6    0-0    0-0    3  6  9  2  6  0  6  2  2  41
21 Bowers, Laurence.... *  3-10  0-2    1-2    2  3  5  2  7  1  2  2  3  33
24 English, Kim........ *  2-8    0-4    1-2    0  1  1  1  5  1  2  0  0  21
03 Paul, Miguel........    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  0  7
10 DIXON, Michael......    5-8    0-3    0-0    0  3  3  1  10  1  1  0  1  18
12 Denmon, Marcus......    6-10  2-4    2-3    3  5  8  3  16  3  0  1  1  30
32 Moore, Steve........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2  2  0  0  2  2  0  13
  TEAM................                        3  2  5
  Totals..............  29-66  4-19  7-11  13 28 41  15  69 13 19  7 12 225
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0%  2nd Half: 11-30 36.7%  OT:  4-8  50.0%  Game: 43.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-8  25.0%  2nd Half:  2-10 20.0%  OT:  0-1  0.0%  Game: 21.1%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%  2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%  OT:  0-0  0.0%  Game: 63.6%    1


HOME TEAM: Iowa State 14-16, 3-12
                          TOT-FG  3-PT        REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Gilstrap, Marquis... *  7-14  1-5    0-0    2 11 13  3  15  1  3  1  0  39
10 Garrett, Diante..... *  6-10  0-1    2-2    2  1  3  2  14  3  4  0  1  38
11 Christopherson,Scott *  4-16  2-8    1-2    1  1  2  1  11  2  2  0  3  37
21 Brackins, Craig..... *  5-13  0-2    4-4    3  7 10  2  14  3  4  1  3  41
41 Hamilton, Justin.... *  0-1    0-0    0-0    3  3  6  1  0  1  2  0  0  20
01 Buckley, Dominique..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  5
02 Colvin, Chris.......    1-3    0-1    1-2    0  1  1  1  3  0  3  0  0  18
22 Dendy, LaRon........    3-7    0-0    4-7    2  1  3  2  10  1  2  1  0  27
  TEAM................                            2  2
  Totals..............  26-64  3-17  12-17  13 27 40  12  67 12 20  3  7 225
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-30 43.3%  2nd Half: 10-28 35.7%  OT:  3-6  50.0%  Game: 40.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-9  0.0%  2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%  OT:  0-2  0.0%  Game: 17.6%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-7  71.4%  2nd Half:  7-10 70.0%  OT:  0-0  0.0%  Game: 70.6%    2
Score by Periods                1st  2nd  OT  Total
Missouri......................  31  30    8  -  69
Iowa State....................  31  30    6  -  67


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