By: Jacob Seus, KCOU Sports
On Tuesday night, the Missouri Tigers hosted the Auburn Tigers in the final game of the season at Mizzou Arena. The night got off to a warm start when the Mizzou faithful honored seniors Keith Shamburger and Keanu Post for their hard work and dedication to Mizzou basketball.
Shamburger would make sure to put on one more show for the Tigers fans. Shamburger was on fire to start the game scoring 8 out of Mizzou’s first 11 points. Besides Shamburger the whole Tigers offense was as hot as can be from beyond the arc in the first half.
Montaque Gill Ceasar, Namon Wright, Jonathan Williams III and Shamburger all joined the 3-point party. The Tigers shot 38 percent from three and 42 percent from the field. Once the two teams settled down they went back and fourth throughout the half thanks to seven Mizzou turnovers. Auburn’s K.T. Harrell led all scorers with 13 first half points. Late scores by both teams would send the teams into the break tied at 30.
The second half saw the much of the same as the team stayed deadlocked through the first ten minutes. Auburn picked up their shooting from inside the field, looking like a classic Bruce Pearl type team. Keith Shamburger kept up his great play hitting shots and setting up plays to keep Mizzou in the game.
Auburn would continue to have the hot hand when Mizzou went cold late in the second half. The Tigers were burnt from beyond the arc by Harrell who hit a late three to put Auburn up 8 with 3 minutes remaining. Just when you thought Mizzou’s night was over, they hit three straights to get right back into the game and fire up the Missouri crowd.
Free throws by Shamburger and a field goal by Wright would tie the game with a minute to go to put the Missouri crowd on their feet. After a missed shot by the Tigers, Shamburger would get the steal and hit the field goal to put the tigers up two with 10 seconds to play! Missouri would get the defensive stand and go on to win the game 63-61. Shamburger would hit the game winning shot in his final game at Mizzou Arena and lead the charge with his season high of 21 points.
It wasn’t the prettiest of games but the Tigers were able to come up big down the stretch, something we have yet to see thus far. This season didn’t go as planned, but it’s games like tonight that put the faith right back into this team as fans hope for better days to come.