The Tigers were unable to hit a 3-point shot in the first half. At least they only attempted six.
Missouri abandoned the idea of shoot first, ask questions later early in the half and instead tried to pound the ball inside. The Tigers finished the game shooting 2-of-16 from behind the arc.
Missouri guard Thomas Gardner said when shots aren’t falling the team needed to focus on other aspects of the game.
PROTECTING THE FAMILY: With 14:20 left in the second half, forward Linas Kleiza left the game after being elbowed in the eye.
After making sure Kleiza was OK, Missouri coach Snyder spoke with an official, telling him Kleiza had been getting hit all night.
It wasn’t the only time Snyder got noticeably upset at a referee, but this time he drew cheers from the crowd.
SWATTED: Ferguson had three blocks in one possession.
Two blocks came back-to-back underneath the basket. Both times Ferguson put the ball right back in the face of the Cougars’ player trying to score.
The third came later in the possession out on the top of the key as a Cougars’ player tried to get the ball off before the shot clock ran out.
TOUGH CALL: With only 16 seconds left, Missouri center Kevin Young put in a layup and was fouled, but the referees called traveling.
It was a critical two points that could have cost Missouri the game.
Snyder said he thought the ball went into the basket and Young was going to get the foul.
“It was a tough play,” Snyder said. “Really more than anything, looking in Kevin Young’s face after the game was the hardest thing.”