Wed, 06 Mar 2013 04:20:53 GMT — Frank Haith vs. Mike Anderson on Norm Stewart Court. If we'd only had Quin Snyder in the house Tuesday night, the last 46 years of Missouri basketball would have been complete.Before we get to the meat of the matter, the Missouri Tigers (22-8, 11-6 SEC) dismantled the Arkansas Razorbacks (18-12, 9-8) by a tidy 93-63 before a frenzied, Kansas-like, overflow crowd of 15,051 at Mizzou Arena.The Tigers finish the home campaign 17-0 and are now an eye-popping 84-4 at the friendly confines since the 2008-09 season.But this night was about one unhappy homecoming and three fond farewells. On Senior Night, the Tigers said good-bye and thank you to Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell."I love this place," said Bowers, who went out with a bang --- 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 11 rebounds. "If I had it to do all over again, and I wish I could, I'd still choose Mizzou."Oriakhi didn't miss a shot --- 3-of-3 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line --- to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Bell scored eight points.It was also the return of Anderson to Mizzou Arena, where he coached for five years (2006-2011), won 111 games and took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament his last three years, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2009.Anderson helped clean up the mess left by Snyder, who had great hair but bad management skills.On this night, however, Anderson was showered with boos. Not because he left, but the way he left.He took the Arkansas job in March, 2011 --- just days after the MU season had ended --- and slipped out of Columbia without even saying good-bye.M-I-Z ... Sooie pig.BOO!Anderson added fuel to the fire with his comments Monday:"(Last year's Missouri team) could have contended for a Final Four, I really thought," Anderson said. "It was the perfect storm."Frankly speaking, Haith couldn't have been happy about this. Missouri, of course, had a splendid season, but was ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Tuesday night, Haith was more animated than a Pixar film. And the Tigers played with an intensity we haven't seen all season.Midway through the first half, Haith seemed to be challenging Anderson to meet him in the parking lot after the game, when he went to halfcourt during a timeout and pointed and shouted toward the Arkansas bench."It's just emotions, I want our guys to play hard," Haith said.Anderson smiled at Haith as if to say: "Whatever."Whatever this, Mike --- enjoy the NIT.With Columbia's Carl Edwards --- a NASCAR winner in Phoenix on Sunday --- in the house, the Tigers blew this one wide open in the opening minutes and never looked back.It was like Missouri scheduled the worst team it could find for a homecoming game.The Tigers hit 14-of-24 shots in the first half and held a stunning 17-rebound edge to build a 48-22 halftime lead. The second half was more of the same for the Tigers, who end the regular season Saturday at Tennessee.Missouri --- which received 23 points from Jabari Brown --- finished with a whopping 44-19 edge on the glass, and shot 58 percent or better for the third straight game."There was a lot of emotion, going against coach Anderson and playing my last game here," Bowers said. "But the most important thing is that we got the win."They did it with a bang. And this one tasted better than ham and beans. Or biscuits with sausage gravy. Or dare I say, bacon.Sooie pig.
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