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Basketball: Cal-Missouri game string

By Jeff Faraudo
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 at 10:59 am in Basketball, Gameday.

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FINAL SCORE: Missouri wins 93-66. Will have more later.

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7:26 2nd H: If this were an election, CNN would long ago have projected a winner. It’s 76-51 Mizzou, and even the write-in ballots don’t matter now. Will check back in when it’s over.

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11:57 2nd H: Timeout on the floor with Tigers up 65-47. Garbage time looms.

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13:31 2nd H: Mizzou’s Anderson just called timeout after a 5-0 Cal burst cut the margin to 61-45. Missouri has three straight turnovers. But the Bears face a major uphill climb, made tougher by 18 turnovers.

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15:55 2nd H: Well, so much for a possible comeback. Cal got within 48-38 in the opening minute of the second half, then turned the ball over on four straight possessions, allowing the Tigers to regain control. Missouri has run off 11 straight and leads 59-38. As if things could get worse for Cal, Theo Robertson is on the bench with four fouls. 

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STILL HALFTIME: A look at the stat sheets shows the Tigers turned Cal’s 12 turnovers into 18 points. Missouri had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half, allowing the Tigers to outscore Cal 6-0 on second-chance points. That adds up to 24 of their 46 points either off turnovers or offensive rebounds.

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HALFTME: Well, it could have been worse. Much worse. Cal trails 46-35, and has as much momentum as a team trailing by 11 on the road can have. Missouri coach Mike Anderson has to be unhappy. His team had this game by the throat, but shot just 1-for-12 from 3-point distance, giving Cal a chance to get back into things. At one point, the Tigers led 42-21 and were shooting 1-for-8 from beyond the arc, and 17-for-22 on everything else. Cal’s defense has settled in a bit after allowing Missouri to score 42 points on its first 27 possessions. On their final 10 possessions of the half, the Tigers scored just four points. The Bears still will have to do a better job in the second half keeping Missouri away from the offensive boards, and must demonstrate they can handle fullcourt pressure.

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1:02 1st H: Maybe there’s hope for the Bears, after all. Jorge Gutierrez just turned a steal into a layup and is going to the foul line for one shot, with the chance to cut into a 46-34 lead. Remember, the margin once was 24 points. He made it — it’s 46-35.

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3:50 1st H: Well, it wasn’t a dramatic shift, but the Bears did execute a 7-0 run that cut a 42-18 Missouri lead to 42-25. The score now is 44-27. Randle has 10 points for the Bears, who are shooting a respectable 46 percent but have 12 turnovers. The rebounds are now even at 15 apiece, although it doesn’t feel that way.

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7:52 1st H: Missouri ls is 36-16. Both teams have subbed out their entire starting lineups, but it’s getting no closer. The Missouri lead reached 21 points — 34-13 — after a jumper by Marcus Denman, who already had 10 points off the bench. Missouri continues to be hot from the field (60 percent), and the Bears have 10 turnovers in barely 12 minutes. Montgomery tried one stretch with three point guards — Randle, Jorge Gutierrez and Nikola Knezevic -on the floor together. Didn’t matter. Something dramatic is going to have to happen or this will be a long flight home for the Bears.

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11:40 1st H: This is beginning to look like the Oklahoma-Missouri football game. The Tigers just finished an 18-0 run that extended a 9-8 lead to 27-8. A 3-pointer by Jerome Randle ended the drought, but the Bears trail 27-11. The Bears already have six turnovers, most of them the result of Missouri’s press, and the Tigers are shooting 61 percent (11-for-18) from the field.

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14:50 1st H: First official timeout, and the Missouri lead is up to 17-8 after a fastbreak basket by DeMarre Carroll, and a foul which will send him to the line for one free throw. The Tigers are having their way with Cal, scoring at will, beating them up the court, and controlling the boards. Carroll goes to the foul line having already scored eight points.

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15:06 1st H: Missouri leads 15-8 and Mike Montgomery has just called timeout. The Bears are struggling defensively. The Tigers have scored on seven of their first eight possessions, are shooting 60 percent (6-for-10) and have three offensive rebounds. Plus, their fullcourt pressure is giving Cal some trouble.

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LINEUPS: The Bears will start the same five for the eighth straight game — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes. The Tigers’ lineup also is unchanged.

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RECORDS: Cal and Missouri are both 6-1.

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