Missouri’s game against Kansas on Sunday boasted many story lines, but its status as the last regular season game played at Hearnes Center was among the most prominent.
The Tigers could host another game at Hearnes if invited to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament.
For now, though, these stand as the final achievements in the 32-year history of the arena.
Last Basket: Kansas center David Padgett scored a floater from the baseline with two seconds left. Padgett’s shot gave the Jayhawks an 84-82 edge, but he said he did not expect to get the last shot.
“I just tried to get it up there and maybe get a tip-in or something, but things just went my way,” Padgett said. “It was the last shot I expected to go in.”
Last Touch: Kansas guard Aaron Miles intercepted Missouri guard Jimmy McKinney’s inbound pass after Padgett’s basket, grabbing the ball at midcourt as time expired.
Last Missouri Score: Guard Jason Conley drew a foul from Kansas guard J.R. Giddens and hit two free throws to tie the game at 82 with 15 seconds left. Conley also scored the last Missouri basket, a breakaway slam with 47 seconds left
Last to Foul Out: Kansas forward Jeff Graves, a Lee’s Summit native, earns this distinction, disqualifying himself with 1:43 left when he tangled up with Missouri center Arthur Johnson. It was the fourth time he fouled out this season.
Last Dagger: Miles’ 3-pointer with 20 seconds left gave the Jayhawks a brief 82-80 edge, mirroring a shot he made in Kansas’ win at Hearnes last season.
“Last (year), I just kind of threw it up there hoping to get it on the rim so we could get a rebound,” Miles said. “But this year, Keith penetrated and drew the defense and I was open.”