PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri takes on Oklahoma State in Big 12 semis
The Tigers overcame a two point halftime deficit to defeat the Cowboys.
Friday, March 13, 2009 | 10:47 p.m. CDT;
updated 8:46 a.m. CDT, Saturday, March 14, 2009
Missouri guard Zaire Taylor looks to drive to the basket against Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City on Friday.
COLUMBIA — The Tigers defeated the upstart No. 7-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys 67-59 on Friday night in Oklahoma City.
The win sends the third-seeded Tigers to their third Big 12 Conference tournament title game.
Kim English drives past Oklahoma State's James Anderson. The Tigers won the game 67-59 and will play the Baylor Bears for the Big 12 tournament title at 5 p.m. Saturday.
MU coach Mike Anderson reacts with disgust to the results of a play. In the post-game press conference, Anderson said, "I guess the motto is always survive and advance, and that's what we did. We survived tonight."
Missouri's DeMarre Carroll blocks Oklahoma State's Byron Eaton. Eaton left the game in the first half because of an injury but returned to play after halftime.
Tiger fans Kati Rinehart, left, and Kari Rinehart, right, cheer on Missouri just in the last seconds of the game. The sisters of South Haven, Kan., who were with their father and Missouri graduate, Leonard Rinehart, cheered for the Tigers because their parents are MU alumni.
Missouri guard J.T. Tiller goes up and through Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo for a layup. Tiller ended the game with eight points, four assists, and one steal.
Missouri's Leo Lyons is pressured by Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo in the first half on Friday.
J.T. Tiller, center, is tied up by Oklahoma State's Keiton Page, left, in the first half of the semifinal of the Big 12 Conference tournament on Friday in Oklahoma City.
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