Missouri survives late Razorback push to win 86-85
COLUMBIA, Mo. — There were tense moments in Mizzou Arena after the Tigers allowed Arkansas to come back from an eight point deficit to hold a one point lead as the game’s final minute ticked down. Jabari Brown struggled from the field most of the night, but drove to the lane and dropped in a short jumper with seconds to play that gave the Tigers an 86-85 lead that held as the final.
Where Brown and the rest of his teammates were able to find success was on the free throw line. Brown hit 14-15 en route to 25 points and the team went 34-38, which helped offset a poor 23.5 % three-point shooting night. Jordan Clarkson edged Brown as the team’s scoring leader with 27 and also added four assists.
The Tigers held a decent six-point lead at the half, but Arkansas found a different formula to keep the game close in the team’s second meeting. In the second-half the Razorbacks consistently got points in the paint and were led by freshman Bobby Portis with 15 points and Rashad Madden with 17 points. Madden also had a key turnover when Arkansas could have extended a two-point lead. Brown would hit the game winning shot on the next possession.
Madden had a chance to win the game on the final possession, but his layup attempt bounced off the backboard and rim into a scrum on the floor as time expired. The Razorbacks fall to 15-9 with a 4-7 mark in SEC play.
With the win the Tigers improve to 17-7 and 5-6 in SEC play. The victory also ends the first three-game losing streak under head coach Frank Haith. They’ll look to win two SEC games in the same week for the first time this season when the Tennessee Volunteers visit Columbia on Saturday, tip-off is at 3 p.m. local time.