Vanderbilt vs Missouri

No. 15 Mizzou holds off Vandy with late steal wire reports

COLUMBIA, Mo.-- A day after his cousin died of a gunshot wound in Kansas City, Marcus Denmon understandably hit the court in a funk.

By the end, the junior guard made the biggest play that kept No. 15 Missouri's homecourt winning streak alive at 51 straight.

Denmon scored all but two of his 21 points after halftime and made a three-point play off his steal and layup with 5.8 seconds to go in overtime as the Tigers held off Vanderbilt 85-82 on Wednesday night.

"The first half he played with a heavy heart, he lost a family member," coach Mike Anderson said. "In the second half he was the big-time leader."

Missouri (7-1) entered with 43 straight non-conference home wins with an average margin of 26 points under Anderson, in his fifth season.

"At home, you want to come out with a comfortable win," said guard Michael Dixon, who had 15 points and hit a layup that tied it at 82 with 33 seconds to go. "This was far from comfortable."

Ricardo Ratliffe added 14 points and nine rebounds for Missouri.

On the deciding play, Denmon deflected a pass toward the Missouri basket, retrieved the ball in plenty of time for a layup while being fouled by Brad Tinsley, then added the free throw.

"There's really no excuse for how that all unfolded," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "Nevertheless, we had our chances. We could have salted the game away with some free throw makes."

Marcus Denmon and Marion Denmon, 20, grew up in the same house. Dixon, also from Kansas City, had been a close friend of Marion Denmon.

"It's been a long couple days. People have been real emotional and stuff," Dixon said. "[Marcus] came out and played his heart out., That flowed through the team."

John Jenkins had 23 points and five 3-pointers for Vanderbilt (7-2), which had won five straight. Tinsley missed on long 3-point attempts at the end of regulation and at the buzzer in overtime.

"I think when you're in a game like this, when you walk away from it you feel like you should have won," Stallings said. "If they had lost they would have felt like they should have won."

Jeffery Taylor added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Festus Ezeli had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots in the Commodores' first road game of the season. Vanderbilt is a bit shorthanded with guard Andre Walker sidelined with mononucleosis but did a good job against Missouri's all-court pressure even though Taylor played 43 minutes and Jenkins 41.

Denmon was 1 for 8 early in the second half, then went 6 for 11 the rest of the way as Missouri improved to 4-0 at home this season.

Missouri was held to a season-worst 38 percent shooting from the field. Vanderbilt has yet to allow an opponent to shoot 50 percent, but hurt itself by going only 11 for 22 from the free throw line including 4 for 10 by Ezeli.

Vanderbilt hit 76 percent at the line its first eight games.

Ratliffe hit the second of two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to tie it at 72 and force overtime.

Jenkins bounced back from a 10-point effort on 1-for-7 shooting against Belmont with his fourth 20-point game out of five.

"I was feeling it in warmups," Jenkins said. "I just knew if I came out there and found my spots, I'd make the shots."

Vanderbilt's 54-48 lead with 13 minutes to go was the biggest for either team after Missouri's early 16-9 lead.

Dixon had seven points in the final 2 ½ minutes of the first half, capped by a driving layup just before the buzzer to give Missouri a 40-37 lead.

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Marcus Denmon controls the ball in overtime and goes on to seal the win for Vanderbilt with a late steal and three-point play. (Getty Images)
Marcus Denmon controls the ball in overtime and goes on to seal the win for Vanderbilt with a late steal and three-point play. (Getty Images)
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Missouri #15 (7-1) «40321385
VANDY:J. Jenkins 23 Pts
VANDY:J. Taylor 10 Reb
VANDY:L. Goulbourne 5 Ast
MO:M. Denmon 21 Pts
MO:R. Ratliffe 9 Reb
MO:M. Denmon 4 Ast

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Jeffery Taylor
Marcus Denmon
Vanderbilt Commodores
J. Taylor, F439-160-2104318
J. Jenkins, G417-144-430423
B. Tinsley, G363-90-13327
F. Ezeli, C326-74-1090416
L. Goulbourne, F304-72-275211
K. Fuller, G190-21-21221
R. Odom, F132-30-11116
S. Tchiengang, F110-10-02000
D. McClellan, FDid Not Play
A. Walker, FDid Not Play
J. Duffy, FDid Not Play
E. Cole, GDid Not Play
J. Smart, G-FDid Not Play
C. Meriwether, GDid Not Play
A. Noll, FDid Not Play
J. Henderson, CDid Not Play
J. Siakam, FDid Not Play
Totals 31-5911-2236151882
Missouri Tigers
M. Denmon, G397-195-664221
R. Ratliffe, F386-112-491414
M. Dixon, G377-150-044115
K. English, G293-103-460312
L. Bowers, F263-92-27158
J. Safford, F182-63-43128
P. Pressey, G161-40-21142
M. Pressey, G141-40-01103
S. Moore, C81-30-02002
J. Sutton, GDid Not Play
J. Underwood, FDid Not Play
K. Green, FDid Not Play
R. Kreklow, GDid Not Play
Totals 31-8115-2239132185
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
S. Carolina12-626-1143
Ole Miss10-822-1477
Texas A&M8-1016-1593
Miss. State6-1216-16149

Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Virginia12-628-924
Iowa St.12-624-1121
Oklahoma St.9-920-1340
Kansas St.8-1021-1457
Texas Tech6-1218-14123
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NOVA 65 Final
Penn 53
Del St 42 Final
Minn 83 Final
St Joe's 73
San Fran 35 Final
Louisville 61
BYU 86 Final
UVM 58
Frl Dksn 54 Final
UConn 78
OAK 63 Final
Illinois 74
BRAD 48 Final
ND 58 Final
Kentucky 72
Boise St 72 Final
SDSU 77 Final
California 57