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February 17, 2009

The Starting Five

Each week from now through the end of the season, PowerMizzou.com will honor the top Tiger basketball players in a feature called The Starting Five. Our list this week included just one game, a 70-47 win over Nebraska.

The Starting Five
1 Matt Lawrence, G/F The 13 points in 22 minutes is incredibly efficient, as is the fact he hit 50% of his shots. But even better is the fact that Lawrence has gone from being a shooter to a complete basketball player in the matter of about a month. NR
2 DeMarre Carroll, F Carroll did not have a big night scoring, but Missouri didn't need him to. After averaging 22 points in three wins, Carroll had 13 against the Huskers in 26 minutes. He continued to show an improved perimeter game, hitting two first-half three-pointers when no other Tiger could get anything to fall. As usual, Carroll led this team when it needed him to. 1
3 Marcus Denmon, G Denmon had four assists and scored seven of his ten points in a decisive 17-6 run. He filled the "who else is gonna step up" role that has made the Tigers so dangerous this season. Four turnovers were too many, but Denmon played as well as he has in weeks. NR
4 Leo Lyons, G/F Lyons scored only nine points, but he did it on just two shots, which has to be one of the more efficient nights in Missouri history. He also grabbed ten rebounds, played tough on defense and did, generally, what Missouri fans have complained about him failing to do most of his career. NR
5 Keith Ramsey, F It wasn't just the volleyball spike block, though that helped. It wasn't just the thunderous dunk, but again, a point in his column. Ramsey just continues to bring the Tigers energy and all the hustle plays that may not show up in the box score. 5

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