MU Men Edge KU in Overtime
If you didn't see it, you might not believe it. In fact, some fans left the arena early.
"Bang! We're tied at 77! Other way, here come Robinson and Chalmers to the top of the key, wide open Moody blocked at the buzzer, but a foul called against McKinney," roared radio announcer Mike Kelly.
There was virtually no time left in the game and the Tigers were staring at defeat. Kansas senior Christian Moody was facing two game-winning free throws plus more than 15,000 screaming fans.
"I don't know that there's a better crowd in the country tonight," Kelly said.
"Right handed 6'8" senior. First one on the way, off the back of the rim, bounces out," Kelly continued.
"When Moody was on the free throw line, the fans were the loudest I ever heard them. I think I felt the ground shaking."
Moody missed again and sent MU fans into a frenzy as the game went into overtime.
"We had the courage and the confidence to believe in one another to come back in that stretch and put it into overtime," said senior guard Jimmy McKinney. "I knew, once it went into overtime, that we would win."
However, just to get to overtime, Mizzou had to come back from a 7-point deficit with only 32 seconds left in regulation.
"No one on the court or coach thought the game was going to slip away," added Missouri junior guard Thomas Gardner.
In 30 seconds, the Tigers scored 10 points, including a pair of Gardner 3-pointers in a dizzying display of desire.
"The game's a blur to me," Gardner confessed.
The score bounced back and forth in overtime between the two teams. But, in the end, the classic contest turned in the Tigers' favor.
"Everything about the game, except the outcome, was one of the most fun games I've coached in since I've been at Kansas," said KU Coach Bill Self.
"I don't think we're a great team, but we were great at times tonight, and this was a great game," said MU Coach Quin Snyder.
Monday night's game was the fifth Mizzou-Kansas game to go into overtime. All five have been in Columbia, with Missouri winning three.