Bench Player Scores Big
Tigers' guard Keon Lawrence started Thursday night's game on the bench, but once he came in, he scored 15 points, made 9 assists, and led the team with nine rebounds.
"I could've had more rebounds" says Lawrence. "I think for a minute I stopped going to the boards a little bit, but i think i could've got a little more rebounds."
Mizzou is an undersized team and having guards that can board is essential.
"When our guards rebound, we are real, real effective. We are really fast," says Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson. "You saw Keon get the ball and get it out and now you've got the big guys running lanes and finishing on the break."
Heading into the season opener Monday night against Central Michigan, Lawrence sees room for improvement, both in himself and the rest of the team.
"We have a lot of athletic guys on the team and i think it'd be kind of scary if everybody started attacking the boards like that. We've got to take it up to another level on Monday, because they're not going to give us nothing easy," says Lawrence.
The six foot two guard is proving it's the size of your heart that matters when it comes to rebounding.