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Missouri Defeats Vanderbilt On Marcus Denmon Steal In OT

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Visions of Georgetown danced through Missouri Tigers' heads as the Vanderbilt Commodores stalled in the waning seconds of overtime, setting up for a last second shot.

With 8.4 seconds remaining as the Commodores tried to get the ball into Jeffery Taylor's hand for the final shot, a lazy pass from Brad Tinsley was intercepted by Marcus Denmon, who drove the length of the court for an and-one which sealed the game for the Tigers, 85-82. Tinsley's desperation three pointer to tie clanked out as the buzzer sounded.

This all came in an overtime which was forced after Tinsley missed a relatively wide open three as the buzzer sounded in the regulation.

Denmon, who was playing with a heavy heart after learning of the death of his cousin the night before, ended with a team high 21 after scoring a mere basket in the first half.

Three other Tigers scored in double figures as Michael Dixon, Ricardo Ratliffe and Kim English contributed a respective 15, 12 and 12 points.

In what may have been the Tigers' best game on the glass, securing 17 offensive boards, Rattliffe led the Tigers in rebounding with nine.

John Jenkins led the Commodores with 23 points, followed by Taylor's 18 and Festus Ezeli's 16.