February 14, 2007

In the clutch, this time Hannah delivers

The first question after his 25-point night caught Stefhon Hannah a little bit off guard.

"How does it feel," the Missouri junior was asked, "To be the other Missouri guard for a night?"

Yes, to some, the major storyline of Missouri's 78-71 win over Baylor on Wednesday was the breakout game of freshman guard Keon Lawrence.

Lawrence was 9-for-13 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from three-point range. He scored 24 points, the first Tiger freshman to go for 20 since Kareem Rush did so at Kansas back in the 1999-2000 season.

Lawrence hurt the Bears. And he put the final dagger in them with a thunderous dunk for Missouri's final points. But at crunch time, it wasn't Lawrence with the ball in his hands. It was, as it has been all year, Hannah.

A 17-3 Baylor run tied the game at 63. Two free throws from Marshall Brown put Mizzou up by two. That was when Hannah took over.

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