Mizzou Basketball Opens Season In Style

Head Coach Frank Haith and the Tigers hosted Mizzou Madness.

Head Coach Frank Haith and the Tigers hosted Mizzou Madness.

Oct. 12, 2012

Columbia, Mo. -

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Mizzou Women's Scrimmage Box Score

Mizzou Men's Scrimmage Box Score

Missouri Basketball tipped off its 2012-13 campaign in front of an enthusiastic crowd as the Tigers hosted Mizzou Madness this evening at Mizzou Arena.

Both the Mizzou men’s and women’s programs participated in scrimmages with Head Coach Robin Pingeton’s squad opening the event. Her third team at Missouri looked polished and the Tiger White Team grabbed a 31-21 win over Mizzou Black thanks to 60-percent shooting from the floor.

Sydney Crafton led the way scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the White. The Jefferson City native hit a pair of treys in the win and grabbed three boards.

Freshman Michelle Hudyn led the Mizzou Black with nine points. The Kitchener, Ontario, product hit 3-of-4 treys, dished two assists and added three rebounds.

On the men’s side Earnest Ross scored 11 points to lead Mizzou Gold to a 28-24 win over Mizzou Black. Ross was 4-of-5 from the floor and helped the Gold push its lead to as many as nine (17-8) before a late charge from Mizzou Black’s Jabari Brown and Keion Bell. Brown, a transfer from Oregon, was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor to finish with seven points, while Bell, the winner of tonight’s dunk contest, hit 3-of-5 shots, including a trey on the wing.

Newcomer Tony Criswell and senior Michael Dixon added seven points apiece for the Gold. Criswell was 3-of-5, while Dixon hit a pair of jumpers.

Mizzou Head Coach Robin Pingeton Quotes:

On Mizzou Madness…

"You know it was the first year we have been a part of this and I think it is great event. It was a great turnout and our men’s team sure looks good. The support from this community is just awesome, I have been so impressed my first two years here with the support we have for Mizzou Athletics. I think for year-one of an event like this it was a very festive event and it was fun for the players to get out and especially for our team in particular, being so young, being able to go out there and perform under bright lights and a lot fans, it went really well."

On the quality of play tonight…
"It is crazy to think 12 of our 13 players have played one year or less at Mizzou and so we are extremely young team but I tell you what they are a lot of fun to coach and they work really hard. It is going be to fun to see them continue to grow and get better throughout the season and we are really looking forward to it. I thought they shot the ball extremely well tonight and that was what we were supposed to do. I was very pleased with them."

On being Coach Pingeton’s youngest team...
"I don’t know that there's a team out there younger than we are. It is just interesting when you think about recruiting and the years and the people, and how that all fits together. It is exciting how it all fits together here at Mizzou and lay the foundation and we have very high expectations for this season but it is also really exciting to think where this team could be two and three years down the road when they are upperclassman. I say that, but don’t get me wrong I still have high expectations for this season."

On Sydney Crafton…
"I was really proud of her. I was really happy for her. It has been a learning process for her over the last couple years and now it is her senior year. When its your senior year its different. I think for the most part practices have been very good and very solid. I think she is really trying hard to step up into a leadership position she is working her tail off and doing a lot of neat things. We need her to because she is so explosive. She is so athletic and has the ability to get to the rim. Her outside shooting obviously got better from a year ago. She is really trying to take some ownership of this team and that is what you expect from your senior. So far she is doing very good."

Mizzou Women's Player Quotes
Morgan Eye:
On biggest challenge thus far in practice…
I think we talked a little bit with our freshman because there is just so much information and just new terminology that they haven’t learned yet. So that has been a challenge and just reminding them that just to go home and keep going over it over and over and then coming back to practice."

On telling the freshman about experience...
"They are going to make mistakes. I am still going to make mistakes as a sophomore, but I don’t have that excuse that I am a freshman so I can’t use that anymore. I think just knowing that you are going to make mistakes, but you are going to get better you just have to keep working hard."

Head Coach Frank Haith Quotes

His favorite dunks from the dunk contest…
“There were a lot of good moments. I think Keion’s two dunks were pretty impressive. But Jordan’s first dunk was pretty impressive, too, with the pass from Mike Dixon from the stands, so it was a fun night. Those guys had a fun time.

His thoughts when Keion lined up six people to jump over…
“Well, I’ve seen him do that before. He had one of those dunks that were on YouTube. I figured he was going to try that again. He’s a pretty impressive athlete.”

On the enjoyment of tonight for the players…
“I think that’s what this night is for, to get those guys to see the energy and the emotion and passion from one another. That’s a part of building your team the way you want to in terms of guys trusting each other. And we’re in it for one another. So, that’s a start and it's getting us going in the right direction.”

On the scrimmage…
“We shared the ball. We had some sloppy turnovers, but all in all we played the way we wanted to play. We got the ball up and down the court and did some nice things execution-wise. Defensively, we’ve got some presence from some guys in the middle with Alex, Tony and Laurence, which is something we did not have a lot last year. Overall I was pleased with it, but we have a long ways to go to get to where we want to be.”

Mizzou Player Quotes

Senior Laurence Bowers
On playing in front of a crowd for the first time in two years…
“It was a great experience. I put my heart and soul into this school, and to get back out there and perform in front of the fans, it was breath-taking. I thought this event was great, and I’m looking forward to coming back out here on Oct. 29.”

On the team’s progress before the season…
“We definitely have a lot of kinks to get out. I thought as a whole that we looked good, but it’s still early. We have a long way to go, and we’re going to work hard, get back in here tomorrow morning, and go at it.”

On advice to newcomers about Mizzou basketball…
“It’s a winning tradition. Ever since I’ve been here we’ve won, and I don’t want this year to be a letdown. I want to win as many games as I can and possibly go out as the winningest Tiger in school history. I’m going to tell them to just follow my lead and work as hard as me, or work harder, and we’ll be successful.”

Sophomore Jabari Brown
On playing in front of Mizzou fans…
“It felt good. I watched them support last year’s team, so just having the chance to finally play in front of them, it felt good.”

On team chemistry…
“I think we’ve been coming along well since we’ve all been here since summer. But I think in these next two or three weeks until the first exhibition game, I think we’ve got some room to grow.”

On team goals for the season…
“We consider ourselves to be a good team. But we just want to come out, take it game by game, and we’ll go as far as we can.”



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