COLUMBIA — As Ryan Rosburg walked off the floor with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter of Marquette's 59-42 loss to Nixa in the Class 5 state boys basketball semifinals, the Marquette crowd stood up and roared with applause.
The standing ovation was the crowd's way of thanking the 6-foot-10 senior for leading the Mustangs to the school's first semifinal appearance.
Rosburg will have to get used to hearing people cheer for him inside Mizzou Arena. He signed to play basketball for the Tigers next year.
Rosburg's brother, Andy Rosburg, walked on to this year's Missouri team as a senior.
Ryan Rosburg said he is looking forward to playing for the Tigers next season but is currently focused on finishing his career at Marquette.
"It's kind of cool to think that I will be back here playing next year, but right now I am just thinking about the team I am on now," Rosburg said.
Ryan Rosburg, who entered the game averaging 20.2 points per game, led the Mustangs with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was a force in the paint against Nixa's undersized front line.
The only problem for Marquette was getting the Missouri recruit the ball.
Nixa ran a full court press the entire game that forced the Mustangs into 20 turnovers.
Whenever the Mustangs were able to get the ball past half court, the Eagles frustrated Ryan Rosburg by constantly denying him any entry pass in the post and double-teaming him once he got the ball.
"I have pretty much seen that type of tough defense throughout my entire four years," Ryan Rosburg said. "They played really good defense, and I wasn't able to get the easy buckets that I usually do. I am used to that type of defense but today it was a little harder."
Nixa was led by junior Jordan Singer, whose 16 second-half points helped the Eagles pull away from the Mustangs.
Nixa coach Jay Osborne said he was happy with Singer's performance in the second half, but was most pleased with how his team was able to slow down RyanRosburg.
"He's a big load." Osborne said. "He's a great player, and that is why he is going to be able to play in the SEC. Our ball pressure and defense really got him out of his comfort zone."
Another member of the Missouri 2013 recruiting class will take the floor at Mizzou Arena on Friday, but this time it's a football recruit.
Dorial Green-Beckham and Hillcrest take on Imagine College Prep Charter at 6:40 p.m in the semifinals of the Class 4 state finals.
Marquette will play in the third-place game at 1:40 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena. Nixa advances to play McCluer North in the championship at 4:50 p.m. Saturday.