Missouri Refuses to Lose on Senior Night

Wednesday, Feb. 29 –

Going into Wednesday night’s home matchup with Iowa State, Missouri had a bad taste in its mouth.

The Tigers had dropped their two previous games, doubling their number of losses from the entire season. After falling to Kansas State for the second time, a loss that also served as the team’s first home downfall all season, Missouri collapsed in a heart-wrenching overtime defeat at Kansas.

Iowa State was slated for the final home game of the season. The Cyclones, 11-6 in the Big 12 and fourth in the conference, were not an easy opponent for a bounce-back game. To add to the pressure, it was senior night.

The Cyclones, led by Royce White’s 14 first-half points, maintained a dangerous lead throughout most of the first half. Six three-pointers and dominance on the boards left Iowa State poised to hand Missouri its third straight loss.

But the determined Missouri squad took control in the second half, outscoring Iowa State by 10 in the second half en route to a 78-72 victory.

Incredible ball distribution and selflessness enabled the Tigers to achieve a balanced scoring attack. Five players finished with 11 or more points.

Michael Dixon led the way with 21 points off the bench, on 8-10 shooting.

All eight seniors were given the well-deserved opportunity to savor their final home experience. Between the pre-game ceremony, final minute of game-time for the seniors off the bench, and grateful post-game speeches by seniors Steve Moore, Andy Rosburg, Jarrett Sutton, Andrew Jones, Marcus Denmon and Kim English, Wednesday night’s spectacle revealed the accumulation of emotions for the tight-knit class.

Rounding out the senior class are starters Ricardo Ratliffe and Matt Pressey.

With 103 wins and bright postseason tournament hopes, the senior class leaves Mizzou Arena with glory and unprecedented anticipation.

– Brian Hayes
23 Sports
Staff Writer