Mizzou came really, really, really close to its third straight home win. Didn’t happen. Dazon Ingram scored Alabama’s final 10 points, including a 3-pointer following an awful out-of-bounds call, and Mizzou squandered an eight-point lead to lose, 57-54.
You can’t blame a three-point loss on a single call with five minutes left, but it was certainly a catalyst.
Anderson erupted on the sideline, backed by the estimated crowd of 5,991. Ingram promptly drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession for Alabama’s first lead since the game’s fifth minute. The Tide never trailed again.
“I can’t really comment on (the official’s call),” Anderson said, “but I probably saw the same thing you saw. You guys can draw your own conclusions. I don’t make that much money (to afford a fine.)”
Ingram wasn’t done. Missouri’s implosion continued on the next series when Phillips missed a pair of free throws, followed by another Ingram 3-pointer.
K.J. Walton was awesome, though.
K.J. Walton continues to play well down the stretch. He had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in a very solid all-around game. He's even made a handful of three-pointers lately. You'd like to see him be perhaps a little more consistent from the free throw line, but he was 5-for-7 on Wednesday. His steal and ensuing three-point play got the Tigers back to within a point at 55-54, but Missouri could get no closer.
The good news, as it were: Mizzou has now played four straight games in which the Tigers either won or lost by a single possession. After starting the season with seven such games in the first eight, they had enjoyed just one such game during their 13-game losing streak. The fight is still there and has been since the trip to Gainesville, and Mizzou was just a single play — a call, a 3-pointer, a damned defensive rebound with only a few seconds left, etc. — from potentially winning three out of four.
The more obvious bad news: Mizzou lost and is now 7-18 for the season and a symmetrical 26-62 under Kim Anderson.
Student Athlete's @CallMe_KP24 and @Kj_Walton1 address the media following Missouri's 57-54 loss versus Alabama pic.twitter.com/ctRxhG8r7S— Tramel Raggs (@Raggs_No_Riches) February 16, 2017
Missouri Head Coach Kim Anderson gives an opening statement following Missouri's loss versus Alabama. pic.twitter.com/mej51sAm3F— Tramel Raggs (@Raggs_No_Riches) February 16, 2017
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