Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clemson Sinks Missouri with Late 3-Pointer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Clemson Sinks Missouri with Late 3-Pointer

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Jeff Hafer, deep into freshman orientation at the Norm Stewart School of Basketball, picked up a vital nugget of knowledge Saturday.

Asked if he had learned anything in Mizzou's wrenching 47-45 loss to 10th-ranked Clemson in the second round of the San Juan Shootout, Hafer attacked the question as he would an elusive rebound:

"I learned that we have a lot of heart," he said firmly. "People don't expect much out of us, but we're going to surprise some people." Mizzou (2-1) came ohsoclose to shoving Clemson (4-0) into that category. MU, coming off a disappointing 18-15 season, nearly barreled its way into Sunday's championship game. A swished 3-point basket by 5-foot-9 Terrell McIntyre with four seconds remaining washed away a gritty comeback and sent Mizzou into the third-place game against Creighton at 2 p.m. (St. Louis time) Sunday. Creighton lost to Minnesota 64-63 in the other semifinal. Clemson, which stunned defending national champ Kentucky 79-71 on Nov. 15, had prospered largely because of its deft shooting (52.4 percent before Saturday) and rugged inside play. Forward Harold Jamison, a rock-solid 6-8, 245-pound sophomore, had sunk 83.3 percent of his shots and averaged 15.3 points. Greg Buckner, a slashing 6-4 junior forward, was shooting 52.9 percent and averaging 15.0. But Mizzou's skin-tight man-to-man defense throttled Clemson down a notch; it shot only 39.1 percent. Jamison, limited by foul trouble and frustrated by Derek Grimm and other MU defenders, contributed just four points. "They're real solid defensively," said Clemson coach Rick Barnes. "That was really an intense game." Particularly late in the proceedings, as Mizzou tried to complete a stirring rally. Pulling off what Stewart called "an absolutely fantastic comeback against a very good ballclub," MU resurrected itself despite trailing 22-16 after an ugly-shooting first half and 32-20 6 1/2 minutes into the second. …

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