Five sights and five sounds from Mizzou-SEMO

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By ALEX SCHIFFER
College Contributor Network

Missouri's 65-61 win over Southeastern Missouri Tuesday night was far from impressive, with the game coming down to the final seconds when it should have been decided long before that. The Tigers' schedule kicks into high-gear now, with the team's next game being against Oklahoma, an NCAA tournament team last year. Here are five sights and five sounds from the game.

Five sights:

Jonathan Williams III had a career night: Bothered by knee problems the past few games, the sophomore had a career-high 18 points and added 11 rebounds for his fifth career double-double and first of the season. "J3" made some big shots for Missouri down the stretch and showed some flashes of his potential both on offense and defense. Playing for a team searching for leadership, this could be a breakout game for the Memphis native.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers: The Tigers only had three more turnovers than the Redhawks but the Tigers' came at more untimely moments. The Tigers' turnovers led to easy points for SEMO, allowing them to extend their lead throughout the game, causing the Tigers to shoot themselves in the foot. SEMO's turnovers proved to be a lot less harmful to their gameplan.

Missouri was playing without Wes Clark: The starting point guard did not play Tuesday night because of an indefinite suspension from the team due to a violation of team guidelines. Tigers head coach Kim Anderson said after the game Clark has been sick this week and wouldn't have been able to play even if he wasn't suspended.

Missouri's freshmen came in clutch: After scoring just two points in the first half, freshman Montaque Gill-Caesar had a strong second half for the Tigers, scoring 13 points including two big three's to keep the Tigers alive. Additionally, D'Angelo Allen hit a big three for the Tigers and was a menace on the defensive end. Point guard Tramaine Isabell hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to ice the game, a big moment for a freshman. In a game where the bench was a bit short, the freshmen saved the day in some aspects.

Rebounding: While the Tigers outrebounded the Redhawks by a slim margin of 31-30, the stats don't tell the whole story. Missouri missed a lot of rebounds following missed free throws, which led to a lot of easy buckets for the Redhawks. Anderson wasn't happy with the team's rebounding and simply stated the team needs more out of their bigs.


Five sounds:

SEMO head coach Dickey Nutt on Missouri: "Defensively they're a good team and they're going to stay in some games because of that."

Anderson on the team's slow starts in games: "We can't just wait around and hope we're going to turn it on. We need to do a better job early in the game."

Anderson on the play of Allen: "D'Angelo does more stuff without statistics more than anybody. He just makes stuff happen. He's our best player in the high post."

Missouri guard Keith Shamburger on the play of the freshmen: We have a lot of top recruits and they all have a lot of confidence in themselves and they got to keep doing that."

Shamburger on the Tigers' slow start: "I just think we got out-hustled the first couple minutes and the first couple minutes in the second half. We did miss Wes a lot out there tonight but we just got to keep going."


Alex Schiffer is a sophomore journalism student at the University of Missouri and hails from Westfield, New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter: @TheSchiffMan
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