Long Ride Nears End for McKinney and Young
And emotions were especially high today as the Tigers rolled into senior day.
"That was tough, the last game. Man that was tough," said Young.
Fellow senior McKinney added, "It was pretty emotional, you know, but I took it, and I was focused on the game."
It proved to be a rough day for the seniors who combined for only 13 points. But as veterans, they looked to their teammates for help. Although it was senior day at Mizzou Arena, it was two juniors who stepped up and stole the show. Thomas Gardner led all scoring with 23 points, including two back to back three pointers and three foul shots in the second half, pulling the Tigers to within one.
Gardner said, "They did a great job trying to contain me in the second half and I felt if I got the ball in my hands I could score. Once I hit the first one it was going to be tough for them to come and guard me."
Today's game gave the Tigers more than just another win.
"I think it gives us a lot because we have Nebraska again on Saturday and it gives us a lot of momentum knowing that we just beat the team we're going to play," said Marshall Brown. "Very important, very important motivation and confidence going into Dallas."
With this win, the Tigers avoided a last place finish in the Big 12 conference.
"It matters being in last place," Brown said. "Not to take anything away from Baylor but being behind Baylor is embarrassing."
This win gives the Tigers the 11th seed heading into the Big 12 Tournament where they will again face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.