2:00 PM ET, January 9, 2010
Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The shots weren't falling, more than 10 minutes without a make. Turnovers came one after another, five in a row at one point. Free-throw shooting? Yikes.Missouri was in trouble, the kind of spot where a less strong-willed team might fold. Coach Mike Anderson knew the Tigers wouldn't. He'd seen them dig in too many times before.Marcus Denmon scored nine of his 14 points in the final six minutes and Zaire Taylor hit a big 3-pointer late, lifting Missouri to a gritty 74-68 win over Kansas State (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
• Missouri won for the 30th straight time at home thanks to a season-high 43 free throw attempts.
• Zaire Taylor (14 points), Marcus Denmon (14) and Laurence Bowers (13) led the balanced Missouri attack.
• For the Wildcats, Jacob Pullen (21 points on 4-for-14 shooting) scored 20-plus points for the eighth time in his last 11 games.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-50 (.420)||20-46 (.435)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-19 (.316)||6-16 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||20-30 (.667)||28-43 (.651)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||32 (0/0)||24 (0/0)|