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Five sights and sounds from Missouri vs. Elon

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By ALEX SCHIFFER
College Contributor Network

Despite being up 19 points at halftime, the Missouri Tigers managed to blow a double-digit lead in the second half and take a game down to the wire with the Elon Phoenix, eventually winning 78-73. The Tigers won thanks to four starters in double-digits and some clutch free throws by a few members of the team. Here are five sights and sounds from the game.

Five sights:

Ryan Rosburg's free throws:

Rosburg only took two free throws during the game and both were misses bringing his season percentage to 17.4%. The junior forward is four-of-23 from the free throw line this year after shooting around 57 percent from the charity stripe his first two years in the black and gold. Tigers head coach Kim Anderson said he's been working with Rosburg to fix his shot so it will be interesting to see if and when Rosburg turns things around.

Balanced scoring:

The Tigers had nine players score in the first half with none scoring more than nine points in the game's first twenty minutes. Senior big man Keanau Post was the only player who saw action in the first half but didn't score, and he only saw three minutes of action. Having no true leader on the court, it's easy to figure the Tigers will have plenty of games where the scoring is spread this wide.

D'Angelo Allen had his best game offensively:

When you're hearing about Allen it's usually about how his defense, which is ahead of the freshman's offense. However on Thursday night, the Dallas native turned the tables and scored 12 points on five-of-seven shooting while also adding seven rebounds. Former Missouri star Laurence Bowers tweeted during the game that by the end of his career, Allen will be a fan favorite.

Third straight start for Namon Wright:

The freshman shooting guard got his first career start against SEMO because starting point guard Wes Clark was suspended due to a violation of team rules. Wright has maintained the starting job even after Clark returned from his suspension and the Tigers first two baskets on a pair of threes. With Clark playing well off the bench it will be interesting to see how long Anderson sticks with the current starting lineup.

The schedule goes up a notch today:

After today, the Tigers next three games are against Xavier, Illinois and Oklahoma State, all good teams. The Musketeers are currently 7-2 and come to town on Saturday, making it a quick turnaround for Anderson's squad. Meanwhile the Illini are looking like an NCAA Tournament team despite losing to Villanova earlier this week and the Cowboys are never a team you can sleep on. There are absolutely no "give-me" games coming up for Missouri anytime soon.

Five sounds:

Elon coach Matt Matheny on the team's change of play after halftime:

"We played on our toes in the second half and I thought we had some gutsy individual performances and we hung together as a team."

Anderson on the first half:

"Best first half that we've played all year. I felt really good about what we were doing on both ends of the floor both offensively and defensively. Watching them play I thought they'd make a run in the second half and they did."

Shamburger on the team's 80 percent free throw shooting for the game:

"Everyday we always do free throw shooting and everyday before a game we shoot as a team so in practice this week this has been the most supportive we've been for each other all season. It just carried into the game."

D'Angelo Allen on his performance:

"I felt like I had a good game but not my best game. I thought there were some things I could've done better out there."

Anderson on Allen:

"He is a guy that brings energy. He plays pretty good out of the middle of the floor. He's a guy who understands his role. He doesn't try to do things he can't do most of the time."


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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