BOISE, Idaho – Four unbelievable minutes. Two gargantuan free throws.

Freshman Kim English came off the bench to “pinch shoot” for the hurting J.T. Tiller and made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left Sunday to give Missouri the go-ahead points in an 83-79 victory over Marquette.

It was quite an encore for English, who had an out-of-body 41/2-minute shooting spree in the first half, scoring 15 points and helping third-seeded Mizzou (30-6) turn a six-point deficit into a 16-point lead.

English was on the bench for most of the second half, watching sixth-seeded Marquette chip away at the lead and eventually go ahead. But when Tiller fell hard after being fouled with the score tied at 79, coach Mike Anderson took advantage of the college rule that allows teams to substitute for an injured free-throw shooter.

He chose English, who made both.

Marquette’s Lazar Hayward stepped over the baseline on the ensuing inbounds pass, and the Golden Eagles were forced to foul. Leo Lyons made two more free throws to ice the game and Missouri moved onto the West Regional semifinals to play Memphis.

It ruined a wonderful effort from Marquette’s Jerel McNeal, who matched his career high with 30 points, and Wesley Matthews, who scored 24.

AP-ES-03-22-09 1945EDT


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.