Missouri Wins Close One Over No. 11 Kansas State

The Tigers topped the Wildcats to win their 30th straight at home.

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Frank Martin Hits Chris Merriewether During Game, Quickly Apologizes

Saturday's college basketball game between Kansas State and Missouri wasn't one for the faint of heart. The Tigers upset the 11th-ranked Wildcats after a contest that featured 56 personal fouls and 73 free throw attempts. (Fittingly, only 48 of those 73 were made.) 

The game also featured the latest episode of college sports' newest hit series, Coaches Behaving Badly, which opens its basketball run after a busy football season. Though in reality, this was something I've seen before in games, without generating much of a fuss.

The culprit is Kansas State head coach Frank Martin, who in his own words, "kind of whacked Chris Merriewether in the side there after that one turnover." (H/T The Topeka Capital Journal)

Merriewether stands with his coach after the incident, and Martin smartly opened his postgame comments with an apology.

The Kansas State administration stands by their man, for the moment. But after the past few weeks, which saw football coaches Mark ManginoJim Leavitt (coincidentally, a former assistant in Manhattan) and Mike Leach fired for alleged mistreatment of players, Martin's leash is just that much shorter after Saturday afternoon.

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Missouri Wins Close One Over No. 11 Kansas State

Read more at our Tiger blog, Rock M Nation, and our Wildcat blog, Bring On The Cats.

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Marcus Denmon and Zaire Taylor each finished with 14 points, as Missouri held on to upset 11th-ranked Kansas State, 74-68, in a Big 12 opener for both teams at Mizzou Arena.

Laurence Bowers chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds for Missouri (13-3, 1-0 Big 12), which has won eight straight games, including a 74-45 beating of Savannah State on Wednesday. The Tigers have now won 30 consecutive games on their home court.

Jacob Pullen led all scorers with 21 points to go along with three steals and Denis Clemente ended with 16 points for Kansas State (13-2, 0-1), which got nine rebounds and five points from Dominique Sutton. The Wildcats had won 10 straight games coming into the contest.

Missouri held a slim 36-33 lead after the opening half and the second was just as closely contested. With the game tied at 48-all at the middle portion of the stanza, Clemente made a three, followed by a short jumper to put KSU up by five.

The Wildcats held a narrow lead for the next several minutes before Taylor pulled Missouri even, 58-58, with a pair of free throws near the 4 1/2 minute mark.

It remained a back-and-forth battle throughout the remaining time on the clock and with things deadlocked at 66 with a minute left, Taylor hit a huge three- pointer to put the Tigers ahead with a half a minute to go. Sutton made it a one-point game with a layup, but the Tigers hit 3-of-4 foul shots in the finals seconds and held on for the victory.

Things stayed tight in the early going, but Pullen's three-pointer put Kansas State ahead 26-20 with nearly nine minutes left in the opening half. The lead expanded to 10, 31-21, a short time later, but Missouri closed with a 15-2 run to grab a 36-33 advantage at the break.

Missouri improved to 116-114 in the all-time series with Kansas State...The Tigers finished 43.5 percent from the field, compared to 42 percent for the Wildcats.

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