Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tigers Win Longest Day in Double Overtime, Mizzou Hands Kansas First Defeat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tigers Win Longest Day in Double Overtime, Mizzou Hands Kansas First Defeat

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Sadly, the palpitating, mouth-drying, mesmerizing affair - which immediately became a jewel in the storied basketball rivalry between Kansas University and the University of Missouri - had to end sometime.

When it did, 5.6 seconds after Corey Tate's unlikely game-winning shot near the end of the second overtime, Mizzou had salvaged, perhaps even redirected, a season on the brink. And top-ranked Kansas at last had a blemish on its record after a remarkable 22-0 start.

The final score was 96-94. The teams Velcroed each other all 50 minutes of the game, the longest in the 233-game series. Kansas (22-1 overall, 8-1 Big 12 Conference) never led by more than four points; Mizzou (12-10 overall, 4-6 Big 12) led by as many as seven for a flicker in the first half. The game was tied at 71-71 at the end of regulation, as Kansas' Raef LaFrentz chucked MU's Derek Grimm to nab the rebound of a missed free throw by Jacque Vaughn and wriggle it into the bucket with about 7 seconds left. LaFrentz, who finished with a game-high 26 points, then scored nine points in the first overtime, but that ended tied at 86-86 after Tate hit two free throws with 10 seconds left and Vaughn missed a jumper in the final seconds. Kansas appeared ready to lurch away in the second overtime when Billy Thomas hit a 3-pointer, but Jason Sutherland responded with a remarkable 3 of his own . . . from a corner behind the basket, with just 2 seconds left on the shot clock. It was 94-94 after L. Dee Murdock - inserted after Kelly Thames (24 points) and Grimm (20 points) had fouled out - and Vaughn exchanged baskets in the final minute. MU milked the clock down to inside 10 seconds left, only to have Tyron Lee stripped of the ball by Vaughn. But Tate plucked the ball up near the free-throw line and casually flipped it in. LaFrentz was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded. MU entered the game 0-4 against ranked teams. Yet the losses were by an average of 3.3 points a game, and the Tigers hardly appeared daunted by the mighty Jayhawks - the last ranked team Mizzou had beaten (Feb. …

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