I actually had the same thought when typing that
Posted on: April 30, 2012 at 08:25:37 CT
It was a stupid thing to do, can't recall if he was T'ed up or not. Certainly wasn't good sportsmanship.
Speaking only to the mentality, Peeler wasn't in the least bit intimidated by King. Which is amazing considering King was basically one of the best players in conference history at the apex of his career, and Peeler was a freshman. It was a definate stand that he wasn't going to allow him to continue to score without pushing back. And I believe it changed the course of the game and MU ended up winning.
Think this was the game in question....
"Mizzou 97 Oklahoma 84, February 25, 1989: In the 40 years since the Associated Press began its weekly college basketball poll, the Missouri Tigers had never defeated the nation?s number one team. At least not until the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners rolled into town on February 25, 1989. With assistant coach Rich Daly standing in for the cancer-stricken Norm Stewart, the Tigers entered the game ranked seventh nationally, but having lost three of their previous five games, including a wild 112-105 affair two weeks earlier in Norman. The rematch had all the makings of another nip-and-tuck classic, and Billy Tubbs?s Sooners held a 41-40 edge at halftime. But a phone call from Coach Stewart at intermission helped to ignite the Tigers, who used a 20-2 run early in the second half to put the game away. Oklahoma center Stacey King, with 36 points and 9 rebounds, was sensational, but Mizzou?s guard tandem of Byron Irvin and Anthony Peeler was even better. Irvin, a senior, scored 34 points and added 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Peeler, a freshman, contributed 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, and he limited Sooner star Mookie Blaylock to 7 points on 2-of-15 shooting. Oklahoma held on to win the conference title, but when the teams played a rubber match two weeks later in the finals of the Big Eight Tournament, the Tigers won again. For sheer basketball excitement, little could match the semi-annual Missouri-Oklahoma track meets of the late 1980?s and early 1990's."