March 20, 2009

English finds his shot just in time

BOISE, ID--In the days before Missouri faced Cornell, im English said the Tigers should go ahead and win the game because they'd be working for the Big Red players in five years. If he's right, at least he's got bragging rights on his future boss.

>English woke Missouri from a first-half slumber with ten second half points to lead the Tigers to a 78-59 win and the second round of the NCAA tournament.

"It was fun," English said. "It started on the defensive end and my teammates just found me. It was in the flow of the offense."

In that second round, the Tigers will face Marquette, the same team they played the last time they were in the second round of the tournament. The Golden Eagles beat Utah State 58-57 in the day's first game.

Missouri followed a blueprint that worked in winning the Big 12 tournament last week in Oklahoma City. Mizzou slogged through a slow and sloppy first half, leading just 29-25 at the break. The Tigers had taken 12 three-pointers and made only two in the opening half.

""I thought we were doing the same thing over and over," Mike Anderson said. "I thought in the first half, we just kind of settled. I thought we made the adjustment at halftime and that's what good teams do."

The biggest adjustment may have come from English. He had just three points in the first half. Just after the first TV timeout of the second half, English entered the game in place of Matt Lawrence with the Tigers up 44-34.

In the next four minutes, English made a three, made two free throws, grabbed a rebound and made another three. The ten point lead was stretched to 16 by the under 12-minute timeout and Missouri was never really threatened again.

"Kimmie, he's one of those guys that you can't shake his confidence," DeMarre Carroll said. "He could probably miss 30 shots and he's still going to take the next one. He came out with the right mindset and knocked down some big shots for us."

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