Heartbreak again, Mizzou falls in overtime

Heartbreak again, Mizzou falls in overtime


By Jared Koller, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Dec. 30-

The Missouri Tiger men’s basketball team had yet another painful loss Tuesday, this time at the hands of former Big 12 foe, the Oklahoma State Cowboys 74-72.

Coming off a buzzer beater loss to Illinois 10 days ago, Mizzou looked to regroup in Kansas City, Missouri at the Sprint Center. The Tigers hit a tying three pointer at the end of regulation, but then in overtime missed the game tying layup to fall and drop their season record to 5-7.

Deuce Bello was out for academic reasons, and Jakeenan Gant started over Ryan Rosburg for the first time this year. Gant would kick things off with a dunk in the first few minutes, setting the tone for the first half as Mizzou brought relentless energy on both sides of the ball.

Oklahoma State stars Lebryan Nash and Phil Forte III were held to just six points in the first half due to persistent defense from Wes Clark and hustle turnovers forced by Keith Shamburger.

The Mizzou offense started slow as they would force many off-balanced shots, but soon found their rhythm behind Johnathan Williams III and Clark who attacked the Oklahoma State zone with drives to the lane. Clark would score six of the points in an 11-2 Mizzou run which led to a 31-24 half time lead for the Tigers.

Out of the half Mizzou continued its run behind the successful combo of Shamburger and Clark, as Clark was able to work off of the ball and create great ball movement. Mizzou saw its lead reach 12 points, before the Cowboys came roaring back with three straight three’s to pull within three. From then on out it was back and forth, as MU cooled down from the field and Forte III heated up leading into the final few minutes, where Mu was down 61-56 with 30 seconds to go.

Williams III hit a desperate fade away three to pull within two points with 10 seconds to play, followed by a Shamburger steal on the inbound pass to give Mizzou a shot at the win. The Tigers however gave it right back on the inbound pass leading to two Oklahoma State free throws. Chris Sager would miss the second shot giving Mizzou a chance with 7.2 seconds to play.

Clark caught the rebound and found Tramaine Isabell down the court, who pivoted and knocked down the contested three with only 0.2 seconds remaining, to send the Tigers to overtime at 62 all.

The Tigers jumped to a 3-point lead in overtime, only to have it go back to the Cowboys with 2:40 left when Clark fouled out. Williams III would pull the Tigers within one point twice, but Isabel followed with a turnover and Oklahoma State would convert its pressure free throws, leaving MU down three with five seconds left. The Cowboys would foul Williams III, who cut the lead to 74-72 after he first made free throw.

MU then purposely missed the second shot where Shamburger got the hustle rebound to find D’angelo Allen open under the basket, but missed the layup as time expired.

Williams III finished with a nine boards and a career high 22 points, making it six straight games he finishes with 10 points. He had help from Montaque Gill-Caesar who finished with 15 and Clark with 12. Nash and Forte III each had 21 for Oklahoma State, 36 of those coming after the first half.

MU will again look to continue their solid play and learn from the tough loss, as they come home to Mizzou Arena on Saturday to face Lipscomb, at 4:00 p.m.