Red Raiders Fall to Missouri, 88-63|
February 4, 1999
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - After a few so-so games, Albert White was back to being Missouri's go-to guy.
White took control in the second half with all but six of his 24 points, and added six assists as the 24th-ranked Tigers beat Texas Tech 88-63 Wednesday night.
White rebounded from one of his lesser games, an eight-point effort against Baylor on Saturday in which he appeared content to watch freshman point guard Keyon Dooling run up a career-high 22 points. White was so keyed-up in the second half that coach Norm Stewart sat him for a few seconds to calm him down.
"Coach let me go and I appreciate that," White said. "My teammates knew I was in a zone and they were looking for me. I appreciate that."
This time it was Dooling, who finished with 21 points, who was content to watch at times.
"Everybody knows who's the man," Dooling said. "He's back, that's all I can say. He's back."
After the Baylor game, Stewart said that White, who starred at Michigan as a freshman before transferring, sometimes just seems to lose interest. White got motivated when the player he was guarding, Cliff Owens, scored six points in a row at the end of an 11-2 Texas Tech run to tie it 45-45 with 16:50 to go.
Missouri regained control on successive dunks by Dooling and White and a reverse layup by White that made it 53-46 with 14:02 left. White got his 18 second-half points in 18 minutes for the Tigers, who later had a 12-0 run to put the game away.
"My man scored a couple times, so I wanted to slow that down and also bring something to the table for our offense," White said. "I wouldn't say I got mad, but I would say I got more aggressive."
Texas Tech coach James Dickey had been worried that White would get involved in the Missouri offense.
"I'm sure Norm put his arm around him and gave him a pretty nice pep talk at halftime," Dickey said. "Cliff got a little bit tired, and we took him out. Brodney (Kennard) came in and Albert just ate him alive. He just took over the ballgame."
Missouri shot 76.9 percent (20-for-26) in the second half to pull away. The Tigers had four dunks after the break, three by White and one by Dooling.
"That's great offense and pretty bad defense," Dickey said. "When you get dunks, that's a pretty high percentage shot."
Dooling added 21 points, five assists and seven rebounds as Missouri (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) won its fourth straight. Brian Grawer had four 3-pointers and 13 points.
Rayford Young scored 13 points and James Ware added 10 for Texas Tech (10-12, 2-7), which has lost five in a row and seven of eight since winning its conference opener against Baylor Jan. 2. Texas Tech has lost seven straight to ranked opponents.
Dooling had 13 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot, and Grawer had 10 points as Missouri took a 43-34 halftime lead. In the last four games, Dooling has 77 points, 16 assists and eight steals.
Grawer was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and is hitting at a 50 percent clip (23-for-46) in the last seven games.
Missouri was without forward Jeff Hafer, who bruised his left thigh in
practice on Monday.