15 March 2011

Departing Tiger

Justin Safford

Career at Mizzou:
123 games played
635 points scored
5.2 points per game
239/548 (47%) FG shooting

(from mutigers.com player profile)

Skilled lefty post player that began playing with more physicality towards the end of his sophomore season ... Has the ability to play above the rim and finish with either hand ... Is a capable three-point shooter and his 13-of-20 triples during his sophomore campaign ... Leads all Tiger post players in game experience and should take the next step this season after two years playing beside DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons.

At Mizzou
Played in 28 games with 23 starts before suffering a torn ACL in the Feb. 24 win against Colorado ... Was enjoying a breakout junior season, averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.0 minutes per game ... Average improved to 9.9 points in league play ... Shot 42.0 percent from the floor and .758 percent from the foul line for the season ... Reached double figures in scoring nine times, including a career high 19 points at Kansas ... Six of those double-figure scoring games came in Big 12 play, including four consecutive games vs. Texas A&M (12), at Colorado (10), Iowa State (13) and at Baylor (13) ... Would have likely reached double-figures vs. CU in that game on Feb. 24 as he scored eight points in the game's first seven minutes before suffering the injury ... Had successful ACL surgery on March 15.
2008-09 Season:
Played in all 38 games and averaged 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.4 minutes a contest ... Hit 13-of-20 treys on the year (.650), including 10 of his last 13 tries (.769) ... Hit all four of his three-point attempts during a career high 15-point outing at Texas A&M ... Scored seven points against Texas Tech in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals and nine points against Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight ... Reached double figures three times on the season, with 10 points coming against Illinois and 13 against Colorado ... Started a late-season surge with a pair of treys against #4 Oklahoma ... Also contributed three steals in just seven minutes ... Finished the year averaging 5.3 points on 64 percent shooting from the floor over his final nine games.
2007-08 Season:
Enjoyed a solid freshman campaign, playing in 24 contests, while averaging 8.9 minutes a game ... Saw his play improve in Big 12 action, where he averaged an improved 3.6 points per game, up from his season average of 2.3 points ... Shot 40.0 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc ... Shot 46.1 percent from three over his final five games, including a pair of three-pointers in a home win over No. 22 Kansas State ... Played a career high 21 minutes vs. the nationally-ranked Wildcats, helping the Tigers to the upset win ... Scored a career high 10 points vs. No. 18 Texas A&M ... Grabbed a season high seven rebounds vs. MEAC Champion Coppin State ... Dished 14 assists on the year, including five multi-assists contests.

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