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Missouri fouls up chance for victory

Thursday, March 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:23 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech didn’t need any help getting more points, but Missouri gave it an assist anyway.

The Red Raiders benefited greatly from converting on 24-of-29 trips to the foul line in their 87-76 win Wednesday in the United Spirit Arena.

The Tigers committed a season-high 28 fouls, which caused foul trouble for a number of players.

“Well, we’ve had a lot of that lately,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. “It affects us. There are a lot of things. (It affected) the flow of the game.”

It also affected the flow of the Tigers’ offense. With 14:31 left in the first half, sophomore guard Jimmy McKinney committed his second foul and had to sit on the bench. Even though junior guard Jason Conley has played some point guard for the Tigers, Snyder said McKinney presents the Tigers with their best option.

“I thought we made some shots that made up for it, but we were obviously better with Jimmy in the game in the second half,” Snyder said. “I thought when he came back in the second half he really played well.”

McKinney played eight minutes in the first and scored nine of his 14 points in the second half. Foul trouble has plagued McKinney lately, for he has had four fouls in three of the past four games.

Red Raiders cash in on opportunities

Quick fouls gave the Red Raiders the bonus early in both halves. They shot one-and-one for the final 7:45 of the first and 12:45 of the second.

Entering the game, the Red Raiders made 73 percent of their free throws, and they made 81 percent on Wednesday. Red Raider senior Andre Emmett, who scored a game-high 28, made all 10 of his attempts. Junior Ronald Ross hit 5-of-7, and freshman Jarrius Jackson connected on his four attempts.

Senior forward Travon Bryant, who fouled out after playing 25 minutes, said the Tigers must have more mental toughness when fouls trouble them.

“Definitely, it’s a problem, but you have to play through things like that,” Bryant said. “You have to got to learn to play through things like (that). Things are going to go certain ways, but you have to learn how to adjust to them. I think we didn’t do a good enough job of adjusting to it.”

KLEIZA REJOINS ROAD TRIPS:

For the first time since he had surgery on his dislocated right shoulder, freshman forward Linas Kleiza joined the Tigers on a road trip.

Kleiza also joined the Tigers during warm-ups. He shot some 3-pointers and walked through some post moves.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Kleiza did all that work with his left hand while wearing a gray shirt and gold tie. Kleiza said his right shoulder, which is in a sling, is improving.

“It’s tough (not to be able to play),” Kleiza said. “It’s very tough.”

Kleiza, who had surgery Feb. 17, didn’t travel with the team to Baylor on Feb. 19 and Kansas State on Saturday.

BUMPS AND BRUISES:

Freshman guard Thomas Gardner played with a protective wrap and a T-shirt on his bruised left shoulder.

Even though Gardner started, he struggled. Gardner played 21 minutes, scoring four points. Gardner also committed three turnovers.

“It was (bothering me) early in the game, but once I got it warm and got it going, it felt better, but it still wasn’t 100 percent,” Gardner said.

Gardner bruised the shoulder on a hard foul in the first half of the Tigers’ 79-69 win at Kansas State on Saturday.

KNIGHT REACHES 20 WINS AGAIN:

With the victory, Red Raiders coach Bobby Knight reached 20 wins for the 26th time. He has achieved it eight consecutive years.

Snyder has reached 20 wins in three straight seasons as coach of Missouri after winning 18 in his first season.

Knight, the winningest active coach in Division-I, has won 829 games.

FOURTH SEED UNDECIDED:

Iowa State aided the Tigers with an 83-77 defeat of Colorado on Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.

The Buffaloes (17-9, 9-6) and the Tigers (15-11, 9-6) remain tied for fourth spot in the Big 12. Colorado faces Nebraska on Saturday in Boulder, Colo., and the Tigers host Kansas in Hearnes Center’s final game Sunday.

If the Buffaloes and Tigers win, the Buffaloes will have the fourth seed because Colorado will have beaten the Cornhuskers twice. The Tigers went 1-1 against Nebraska.

—Michael Petre contributed to this story


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