A Stylish End for a Shining Senior

9 years 7 months 11 hours ago March 01, 2007 Mar 1, 2007 Thursday, March 01 2007 Thursday, March 01, 2007 7:37:50 PM CST in Tiger Talk

It was senior night at Mizzou Arena. And though Marcus Watkins hadn't started a game all year, Coach Mike Anderson gave him the start in his last home game as a Tiger.

Watkins took advantage as he scored the first Missouri basket of the game.

"It was exciting, I had a lot of friends and family out there, so it was nice to put on a show for them," he said.

But he wasn't done yet. Watkins recorded a new career high of 15 points on the night, helping spark the Tiger victory.

"What a senior night for a young man, Marcus Watkins, he's a guy who I think is a class act, hasn't played a whole lot. But tonight was his night," said Missouri head coach Mike Anderson.

"I'm happy to see him go out on top, because I know he's been through a lot in his career, so to see him go out on top like that is great," said Missouri Jr. guard Jason Horton.

"Marcus is a senior and I think sometimes you have to lean on that senior leadership, especially as we get to this part of the season, he's a guy that's going to be out there," added Coach Anderson.

It was a special night for the lone senior who's had quite the ride.

"I think I've played for more coaches than any other college player. It's been exciting though," Watkins said.

Watkins though would leave this game in style. Watkins earned Academic All Big 12 honors for his work in the classroom.

The Tigers finish the regular season Saturday at Texas A&M.

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