COLUMBIA — There were some no-shows in Missouri’s “eight-man starting lineup” Wednesday night, leaving DeMarre Carroll and Matt Lawrence to fend for themselves in the Tigers’ 72-67 loss at Iowa State.
Carroll ended up with a team high 19 points and 13 rebounds while Lawrence scored 13 points and pulled in six rebounds, but there were few other bright spots in Missouri’s loss, their 10th in the past 12 years at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
“I didn’t see the energy, the sense of urgency,” coach Mike Anderson said in a radio interview after the game. “Hey, we have a conference game here against an energized team.”
Point guard Stefhon Hannah ended up with 16 points for Missouri, but it was too little too late as eight of those didn’t come until the final minute.
“He’s out there battling by himself,” Anderson said of Carroll. “He’s got to get some help from guys like Leo (Lyons).”
Starters Lyons and Jason Horton combined for just seven points and guard Keon Lawrence went 1-for-10 off the bench, scoring two points in 33 minutes.
After the game, Anderson focused on Lyons, who ended up with four points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.
“He’s got to get more consistent for our basketball team,” Anderson said. “He didn’t have that body language. You need to get out there and want to mix it up.”
Forward Darryl Butterfield came off the bench and added five points and five rebounds for Missouri, but Lyons’ 12 points and five rebounds per game were sorely missed.
“We just needed the team overall to step up,” Carroll said by phone. “I didn’t think we stepped up to the challenge.”
Missouri looked doomed from the start when Iowa State took an early 11-2 advantage and had a 14-point lead early in the first half, but Missouri went into half down only seven after Matt Lawrence scored five quick points late in the half.
“He hit some big shots,” Carroll said. “Coach was on him the whole night, he did his part.”
The Tigers struggled to make up any ground in the second half, trailing by about 10 points up until the final minute when Hannah’s resurgence briefly game them hope.
Missouri entered the final minute down by eight but twice cut the lead to three points. As the rest of the game went, however, so did the final minute. Sloppy play, turnovers and offensive rebounds kept the Tigers away from victory.
“For the most part we let them do what they wanted to do,” Anderson said.
The Tigers outshot Iowa State 43 to 39 percent from the field, but Iowa State forced 17 turnovers and timely rebounds made life miserable for Missouri’s comeback.
“I just felt like, collectively we didn’t have enough energy,” Carroll said. “They were getting dunk after dunk and every time we tried to cut it down we kept shooting ourselves in the foot by turning it over. You can’t do that on the road.”
It’s also hard when you send the opponent to the line 37 times. Iowa State made 25 of its free-throw attempts for 67 percent.
“That was big when they are playing at home and are hitting their free throws,” Carroll said. “It was like they were playing volleyball with the ball. It was one of those things where they got to the free-throw line and made them.”
The loss drops Missouri to 11-6 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play with undefeated No. 3 Kansas coming to Mizzou Arena on Saturday.