Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Welcomes Back the Antlers in Ho-Hum Win over Jackson State

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Welcomes Back the Antlers in Ho-Hum Win over Jackson State

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Jason "Wild Thing" Sutherland was in the University of Missouri basketball team's starting lineup for the first time this season in Saturday's 86-63 victory over Jackson State.

Center Simeon Haley was among seven players who had an earlier final exam to vent. His was in, well, hospitality law.

"I think I fared pretty well," Haley said.

And the Antlers, the banished student jeerleaders, were back in uniform - not to mention, curiously, Section A of the Hearnes Center. Scuttlebutt had it there had been some tomfoolery within the student lottery, but the Antler braintrust denied that.

"The lottery gods smiled upon us," said one Antler, "Snowflake."

Such promise of pageantry, though, fell wildly short during 11th-ranked Mizzou's sleepwalk over Jackson State (1-5). MU is 5-1, but . . .

"Kind of a waste," Sutherland said.

Ditto, MU coach Norm Stewart said.

"We got some things done, but . . . we just can't seem to find ourselves," he said. "And we really don't look like we want to do it."

He added, "You look at this ballclub, and it just doesn't feel good."

That was reflected in the crowd, announced at 13,300, which began streaming out with more than 5 minutes left in the game and was as sleepy as the Tigers.

The loudest individual cheer of the night came from a Mizzou football recruit who took to center Monte Hardge and bellowed, "Large Hardge!"

As for the loudest collective cheering?

"What's the deal they have on the scoreboard?" Stewart asked.

That would be the "Subway Dot Race," Coach, wherein fans cheer for the dot color that corresponds to the coupon they received when they came in. The winning coupon color is good for a free sandwich.

"That was the biggest rouse the crowd got," Stewart said. "I would suggest to them there's a hell of a lot of places you can go that if you win a game by 25 points, the crowd's kind of noisy. …

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