KANSAS CITY – Bad breaks and poor shooting found Missouri heading into the locker room at halftime looking at a lead that proved insurmountable.
Missouri was unable to score in the unfamiliar settings of Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. Missouri coach Quin Snyder did not hesitate to criticize his team after the game.
“There’s no time to hang your head and feel sorry for yourself,” Snyder said. “We didn’t play well and we’re not a very good team right now.”
In the first half, nothing seemed to go right for the Tigers. Missouri gave up 44 points. To make things worse, the Tigers were only able to score 27. Creighton did most of the damage toward the end of the period.
Both defenses played well, scrapping for every inch of the court. Then Creighton started hitting almost everything and it seemed like Missouri had forgotten where the bottom of the basket was. Creighton shot almost 57 percent from the field, including 8-of-15 from 3-point land in the first half. Creighton’s Dane Watts even hit a 3-pointer while falling to the ground.
The the Tigers shot 37 percent and hit 1-of-9 from behind the arc. The beginning of the second half wasn’t much better for the Tigers. They were unable to score in the first five minutes of the half.
Despite all the troubles, junior guard Jimmy McKinney said the team stayed together.
“We’ve got character,” McKinney said.
Creighton continued to increase its lead as the game went on. The Bluejays’ Johnny Mathies went on a 10-point run in less than three minutes. Freshman guard Glen Dandridge tipped in a basket for Creighton while trying for a rebound. Creighton coach Dana Altman said he knew his team got to play its game in the second half.
“We really controlled the tempo there for a while so it was a good effort by our guys,” Altman said.
Snyder said the Tigers needed to change their attitude if they expect to find success on the court.
“We need to play poor,” Snyder said. “We’re playing like a team that’s got a lot and we need to appreciate every little play and how it affects the impact of the game.”