Missouri stifles Booker, beats Clemson


  • Follow Clemson

BUFFALO, N.Y. --- Trevor Booker's stellar career at Clemson ended on a sour note. You can thank "The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball" for that.

Missouri's Keith Ramsey (right) shoots over Clemson's Trevor Booker. Missouri won by eight, and Booker's career ended without a win in the NCAA Tournament. 
  David Duprey/Associated Press
David Duprey/Associated Press
Missouri's Keith Ramsey (right) shoots over Clemson's Trevor Booker. Missouri won by eight, and Booker's career ended without a win in the NCAA Tournament.

Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points, and Missouri's swarming defense lived up to its reputation during an 86-78 victory over Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Missouri's defense, small, swift and smart, played at a high level. It forced 20 turnovers, nabbed 15 steals and stifled Booker for 35 minutes. Everybody that played for Clemson had at least one turnover.

"When you play at that pace -- we scored 86 points but only had nine turnovers. That's efficient basketball," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "We had 15 steals, forced 20 turnovers and they outrebounded us by 15. I thought we imposed our will on a very good Clemson team."

Ramsey, a junior-college transfer, picked the perfect moment for a memorable game. He finished with a career high in points, grabbed eight rebounds, had four assists with no turnovers, and made three steals in playing a team-high 34 minutes.

More importantly, he helped keep Booker at bay.

Booker finished with 11 points, eight coming in a late 3-minute span, and pulled down 11 rebounds. Booker, the only player in ACC history with at least 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 blocks and 100 steals, played his 134th consecutive game for Clemson to set a school record for total games started. He departs without a win in the NCAA Tournament.

No. 7 seed Clemson (21-11) goes home for the third consecutive year after a first-round loss to a lower-seeded team. Tigers coach Oliver Purnell is winless in six trips to the NCAA Tournament with three schools.

Missouri (23-10), the 10th seed in the East Regional will play Big East Tournament champion West Virginia in the second round Sunday.

Comments (3) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
johnston.cliff 03/20/10 - 08:31 am
Clemson would have been

Clemson would have been better served by being in the NIT. MissSt would have been a much better selection for the big dance.

Riverman1 03/20/10 - 03:54 pm
Johnston, that is totally

Johnston, that is totally bogus. Why does Clemson's loss mean Miss State should have gone to the dance? You can pick seeds well below Clemson and question them before the Tigers' 10th seed. Hey, I admit I'm a big Clemson fan, but that is pretty obvious. A team that keeps getting NCAA bids is going to....one of these days, surprise everyone. Go Oliver.

clemsongirl 03/20/10 - 05:31 pm
The Clemson article would

The Clemson article would have been on page 8 or 9 of the sports section if they had won. The Augusta Chronicle will put a Clemson article on the front page if they lose and on the back pages if they win. It has always been like that. Clemson does not have a journalism school. The writers are probably UGA or USC graduates.

Back to Top
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
1988 Graniteville slaying still unsolved
Aiken County police were certain Wendell Kenneth Gilbert's 1988 death was drug-related, but they never found his killer, who fled in a red Ford Mustang.