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Missouri struggles to stop Cowboys from behind the arc

The Tigers mens basketball team allowed Oklahoma to take 24 shots and make 14 of them
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | 10:11 p.m. CST; updated 1:35 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

COLUMBIA - With 2:06 left and his team trailing by two, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove stepped to the top of the key and released a 3-pointer.

Swish.

Dove’s third 3-pointer in as many attempts put Oklahoma State up for good in its 75-73 victory against the MU men’s basketball team Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. The Cowboys had been tied or trailing the Tigers since the 18:33 mark in the second half.

“They made timely, you’ve got to remember, timely shots,” MU coach Mike Anderson said. “When we had momentum and had the crowd into it, they made obviously big shots.”

The shots Anderson referred to were 3-pointers, and Oklahoma State made 14 of them.

“I don’t think many teams have shot 14 3-pointers on us since I’ve been here,” Anderson said.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City sank 14 3-pointers against MU on Jan. 8 at Mizzou Arena, but it took 35 attempts. The Cowboys heaved up 24 attempts. Guard Byron Eaton, one of six Cowboys with at least one 3-pointer, led Oklahoma State with four 3-pointers.

“My attitude about defense is to stop the other team, whatever it takes, and obviously we didn’t do a particularly good job on the 3-point shooting,” Anderson said. “And it’s so ironic because when you look at the stat line, it’s something we do well, guarding the perimeter shot.”

MU ended up losing by two points, and Oklahoma State’s outburst was cause for concern after the game. Before Tuesday, teams were shooting 28.9 percent from 3-point range against MU, the lowest of any Big 12 Conference team.

Oklahoma State came in as the ninth-best 3-point shooting team in the conference. Baylor, the Tigers’ opponent Saturday, is first in the Big 12.

“We’ve got to make sure we guard those guys. They can shoot threes too,” Anderson said. “Oklahoma State shot well tonight but they (Baylor) really can. They’ve got three or four guards that really can.”

Baylor freshman LaceDarius Dunn is second in the conference in 3-point shooting percentage at 42 percent with 60 made. Baylor’s Curtis Jerrells and Tweety Carter are also among the Big 12’s top 14 in 3-point shooting.

Even after Tuesday, MU still leads the Big 12, holding teams to 30 percent on 3-pointers.

MU’S OWN: Matt Lawrence, who leads the Tigers with 61 3-pointers this season, made three more on Tuesday. He is one away from tying Mark Atkins for eighth on MU’s career 3-pointers list and 14 away from reaching 10th place on MU’s single-season list.

Lawrence has made 11 3-pointers in the Tigers’ past three games after making only two in the three games before that.

VOLKUS OUT: After going from seldom used reserve to surprise starter for eight of the past nine games, MU forward Vaidotas Volkus was back on the bench for all of Tuesday’s game.

Anderson said Volkus is not hurt and that his teammates have been playing better.

“Well, we had some other guys that played well,” Anderson said. “I thought guys came off the bench and played well.”

Leo Lyons, whom Volkus had replaced in the starting lineup since the Jan. 19 game against Kansas, returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday and had a career high 27 points and 18 rebounds.


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