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Even against Elon, wins equal confidence for Missouri basketball

Missouri's Keith Shamburger (left) celebrates with teammate D'Angelo Allen after Allen made a three-point shot late during their Dec. 2 game against Southeast Missouri State in Columbia. Missouri won 65-61.
Missouri's Keith Shamburger (left) celebrates with teammate D'Angelo Allen after Allen made a three-point shot late during their Dec. 2 game against Southeast Missouri State in Columbia. Missouri won 65-61. AP

Missouri coach Kim Anderson has repeatedly said his team needs something good to happen.

He’s hoping that Thursday’s 78-73 win against Elon counts.

The Tigers, 5-4, played perhaps the season’s best half in building a 46-27 halftime lead, but the second half, well, that was an entirely different story.

The Phoenix rallied within a point thanks to Luke Eddy’s hot hand.

Fortunately for Anderson and company, Missouri found a way to finish, going eight of eight at the free-throw line in the closing 46.2 seconds to fend off Elon.

“I really think this will help our confidence,” Anderson said.

The Tigers’ players agreed despite nearly blowing the largest lead of the season against a team from the Colonial Athletic Association.

“Every win gives us confidence, to be honest with you,” senior point guard Keith Shamburger said. “It doesn’t matter who it is.”

That might be especially true for MU’s youngest players, who are still transitioning to the college game.

“Coming in as a freshman, there can be a lot of pressure on you, so a W is a W,” said freshman D’Angelo Allen, who finished with a career highs with 12 points and seven rebounds against Elon. “It doesn’t matter.”

It might have only been Frank Haith’s alma mater, Elon, but wins are going to be tough to come by this season, so Missouri and its players deserve to cherish every victory.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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