March 5, 2015

Anderson shows guts and class by addressing Mizzou Arena crowd after disappointing season (VIDEO)

Kim Anderson thanks the crowd for their support following the Auburn win (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Kim Anderson thanks the crowd for their support following the Auburn win (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Immediately after the Tigers 63-61 win over Auburn, the fans at Mizzou Arena were asked to wait around for head coach Kim Anderson who had to give a postgame interview on the SEC Network.  Once finished, Anderson grabbed the house mic and addressed those that remained.

“I know it’s not the year you wanted, it’s not the year I wanted, not the year anybody wanted,” Anderson said to the crowd.

I asked him after the game why he felt it was important to express his gratitude to the fans.

The victory was just the Tigers third in SEC play in what has turned out to be a disappointing first year for Anderson.  It’s real easy for a coach to address the home crowd after a 25 win season or league championship.  It’s another to stand before them, no matter how sparse, to thank them.

Shamburger shines on Senior Night scoring 21, including the game winner with 10.9 seconds left as Mizzou tops Auburn (VIDEO)

After Keith Shamburger missed a jump shot, Teki Gill-Caesar poked the ball away from an Auburn player who grabbed a rebound.  Shamburger got the ball back and didn’t miss on his second attempt.  His short jump shot fell giving Missouri a two point lead.  Auburn had a chance to send the game into overtime, but their final shot was off the mark and Mizzou ends their home schedule with back to back wins, a 63-61 final at Mizzou Arena.

Shamburger, honored before the game on Senior Night, finished with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting, 3 of 6 from three point range and 4 of 4 at the line.

Watch the crowd’s reaction to Mizzou’s victory

Shamburger scored 11 points in the first 7:15 of the game to give Missouri a 15-9 lead, but wouldn’t score again for nearly 19 minutes.  He also guarded the leading scorer in the SEC.  KT Harrell scored 24 points to lead Auburn, but was limited when Shamburger switched to guard him with just under four minutes to play.

Mizzou is now 3-14 in SEC play.  More coming.

All momentum lost. After snapping 13-game losing streak, Tigers come back out flat at Georgia

For the Georgia Bulldogs, it was the largest margin of victory in a SEC game under coach Mark Fox. For the Missouri Tigers, another bad road loss in a dreadful season.  68-44 was the final

Mizzou, now (8-21, 2-14), held a 3-2 lead, on a Namon Wright three-pointer, but they couldn’t build any momentum in looking for a second straight win after the Florida 64-52 win on Tuesday night. The Tigers, last in the SEC, trailed by double figures most of the game.

Mizzou  made only 14 of 49 shots from the field (28.6 percent). The second worse this season behind the 86-37 loss at Kentucky in which it made only 27.1 percent of its shots (16 of 59).

“To their credit, (Georgia) came out today ready to play and it’s frustrating,” Mizzou head coach Kim Anderson said. “In the first half especially, our front line really struggled to score. You can’t do that.”

Georgia led 41-23 at halftime and stretched the lead to 28 points at 55-27.  The Tigers were outrebounded 47-30.


Mizzou’s Maddie Stock hits a three-pointer at the buzzer as the Tigers snap A & M’s 17-game home winning streak

Maddie Stock (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Maddie Stock (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Maddie Stock hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Mizzou the upset over No. 12 Texas A&M on Thursday night in Reed Arena in College Station. Sophomore Jordan Frericks earned her 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds in Mizzou’s 70-69 win at No. 12 Texas A&M. The Tigers snapped the Aggie’s 17-game home win streak.

Sophomore Sierra Michaelis put up 12 points and four rebounds in the win, and Maddie Stock closed the night with seven points for Mizzou.

The game was tied at 58-58 with just about five minutes to play.  Lindsey Cunningham put the Tigers back up by one, and Morgan Stock hit a to extend the Tigers’ lead to four. The Aggies pulled ahead with a 6-0 run, but Maddie Stock’s three at the buzzer put Mizzou on top for their 16th win of the season.  .

Finally! Mizzou snaps 13-game losing streak as Namon Wright leads Tigers past Florida

Namon Wright helped Mizzou snap its school-record 13-game losing streak scoring a career-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Tigers past Florida 64-52.

Wright scored seven points in the first 4:27, as the Tigers built a six-point lead in the first half.  Then the Tigers went on a five-minute scoring drought and Florida took a 31-27 halftime lead after the Gators scored six of the final eight points.

Wright started the second half much like he did the first, by scoring Missouri’s first 10 points in the first four minutes to give the Tigers a 37-35 lead.  The Gators answered with a 9-0 run, but the Tigers went on an 11-1 run to take a 48-45 lead.

Things finally went right for the Tigers.  This time the opponent was playing short-handed.  Florida played without its two leading scorers for a third consecutive game, with junior Michael Frazier II still nursing a high ankle sprain and junior Dorian Finney-Smith remaining suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.  The Gators struggled from the line hitting just 9 of 23 attempts from the free throw line, and finished 19 of 48 (39.6 percent) overall.