After playing terribly for most of the second half, Missouri got a jumpstart from freshman forward Marshall Brown.
Missouri coach Quin Snyder was visibly upset about his team’s play against Iowa State on Saturday at Mizzou Arena, even though the Tigers pulled out a 62-59 victory.
Snyder said his team lost focus and played soft. He said even when the Tigers led at the end of the first half he felt that they should have been behind.
Snyder, though, said Brown rescued the Tigers and led Missouri’s comeback from a 12-point deficit late in the second half.
Snyder compared Brown to a pair of defibrillator paddles used on heart attack victims. Brown scored just four points, but had a crucial basket with less than two minutes to play to put the Tigers up 58-57.
“His blood started pumping through everybody’s veins,” Snyder said. “He didn’t care about anything except winning. He was just focused on anything he could do at any given time.”
Brown also made one of the most important plays of the game.
With the Tigers leading 60-59 with less than 30 seconds to go, Curtis Stinson, Iowa State’s leading scorer, drove toward the basket through traffic. After the ball was knocked loose, it bounced off Stinson’s foot and headed out of bounds.
Brown immediately jumped after it, sliding out of bounds in his effort to keep Stinson from retrieving it. Officials awarded the ball to Missouri with 16 seconds left.
“All I saw was Stinson dribbling it off of his foot,” Brown said. “Coach had gotten on us earlier during the game about not diving for loose balls.
“The first thing that crossed my mind was to dive for it. I didn’t even really know who it was out on.”
GOING BACK: The win against Iowa State was Missouri’s Big 12 Conference opener. To honor Missouri basketball history, players from every decade spanning back to the 1930’s were recognized at halftime.
Play-by-play announcer and former Tiger star Jon Sundvold got the biggest ovation from the crowd.
Clay Cooper was the only representative from the 1930’s. Cooper lettered for the Tigers from 1938-1940.
The 1940’s had many representatives but two men stood out. Twins Beauford and Charles Minx, who lettered for the Tigers in 1944, celebrated their 85th birthdays at the game.
FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN: After spending $75 million on a new arena, the Mizzou Arena has everything it could possibly need. Everything that is, except blinds.
With the new arena, the Tigers have adopted a new introduction. The lights are turned off leaving just a spotlight on the players while a highlight reel boasts that “no one comes into our house and pushes us around.”
It is not so exciting for day games, though. At night the stadium becomes almost pitch black, but during the day the drama decreases when sunlight light filters in through skylights at the top of the stadium.