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Carroll still dealing with injured ankle

Sunday, February 24, 2008 | 12:33 a.m. CST; updated 8:52 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

DeMarre Carroll played 25 minutes Saturday and scored his first and only basket with 3:25 left.

Needless to say, his ankle is still hurting him.

Carroll was 1-for-5 from the field with two rebounds in Missouri’s 60-53 win over Colorado on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. It was his lowest scoring output of the year and tied for his second lowest in rebounds.

“He’s in a lot of pain,” guard Keon Lawrence said. “He can’t really move like he wants.”

Lawrence and guard Matt Lawrence were the only players made available to the media after the game.

Carroll, who leads Missouri in scoring and rebounding, has been struggling with ankle injuries all season. He aggravated the injury Feb. 4 at Kansas and has been struggling ever since.

Before playing Kansas, Carroll was scoreing almost 14 points per game, but he has not scored more than 10 in the four games since.

Keon Lawrence said Carroll practiced lightly last week, when Missouri had a week between games, and continues to rehab.

“He’s definitely improving, he’s going to be OK,” Lawrence said. “He’s going to keep getting rehab like six times a day so he will be all right.”

Forwards Leo Lyons and Darryl Butterfield stepped up for Carroll on Saturday. Butterfield scored eight points, the most since he scored 11 on Nov. 20 against Maryland. Lyons scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We had some other guys that had it going,” coach Mike Anderson said. “He had all week to really rest up. I thought he dealt with it. But we had some other guys playing well.”

STILL STARTING: Matt Lawrence made his 57th consecutive start on Saturday, the most for a Missouri player since Rickey Paulding started 86 consecutive games from 2002-04.

Lawrence is the only Missouri player to start every game this season even though his play has been inconsistent. He is averaging 8.9 points per game this season, down from 11.2 last year when he also started every game. Lawrence scored six points on Saturday: in the previous three games he scored zero, six and 20 points.

“The thing I like about Matt, Matt, he presents a problem for other people,” Anderson said. “They’ve got to pay attention to him. That’s why Keon can get to the basket. I think sometimes guys don’t understand that. He’s lethal. His presence on the floor makes a big difference for guys like Leo (Lyons). Leo can get to the basket. Why? Because they stay with Matt Lawrence. Those are the little things he does.”

Lawrence- who was 0-for-3 on 3-pointers on Saturday- is five away from passing Mark Atkins for eighth on Missouri’s career 3-pointers made list.

NOTHING FREE: Colorado attempted no free throws on Saturday, the first time Anderson and Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik can remember that happening.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a game where a team doesn’t shoot free throws,” Anderson said. “That’s kind of mind-boggling.

Bzdelik played down the statistic.

“We had 34 paint points, it wasn’t like we weren’t going to the rim,” Bzdelik said. “There is nothing that I can say that would be right, let’s just leave it at that. I know that we were aggressive to the rim.”

MISSING TAPE: Highlights of dismissed point guard Stefhon Hannah were edited out of Missouri’s short video montage shown with the starting lineup before each home game. The final clip, which used to show Hannah yelling after a big play, now shows forward Leo Lyons yelling after a big play.

Hannah, who was dismissed from the team on Feb. 12 for violating team rules after he broke his jaw in a nightclub fight, missed more than two weeks of school and was arrested and charged on suspicion of third-degree assault.

Saturday’s game was the first at Mizzou Arena since Hannah’s dismissal.

BUFFALO SOUP: After Saturday, Anderson is now 4-0 against Colorado. It is his best record against a Big 12 Conference opponent.


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