January 15, 2007

Collins tames Tigers

Big Mondays Border War Showdown between No. 5 Kansas (16-2; 3-0) and Missouri (11-6; 0-4) was supposed to be a one-sided affair. The Jayhawks entered the game with a nine game winning streak, and were double-digit favorites against the Tigers. However, the outcome of Mondays game wasn't decided until the final buzzer sounded. Freshman Sherron Collins scored a career high 23-points, as Kansas defeated Missouri, 80-77.

"We've had two great wins in a row," said Bill Self. "We weren't our best tonight, but that was in large part because Missouri was great. We told our guys they are 0-3, but they are better than that. We told them that they would come in and be so focused, just like we were so focused last year after losing to K-State.

"We went to Missouri and played and controlled the game, but lost it late," he added. "They controlled the game and it was at their pace. We certainly attempted to play at their pace, but we forgot about throwing the ball inside and kind of got out of kilter. Their zone bothered us a little bit the first half. It was a great win, especially when you didn't play your best."

Mondays Border War Showdown was extremely close from start to finish. The Jayhawks had an eight-point lead with 6:55 remaining in the first half, but just couldn't make enough plays to deliver the knockout blow. Every time KU extended its lead, MU came storming right back.

After the first 20 minutes of action, Self's squad took a one-point lead to the locker room. The Hawks pushed their lead to three with 11:47 remaining in the game, but that's when the Tigers started to take control of the game.

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