The Missouri Tigers(16-6, 4-5 SEC) went into Gainesville and gave the gators all they wanted for more than half the game. Jabari Brown lead the way, but did not hit his season average of 20 ppg and the tigers couldn’t keep up down the stretch and losing by ten.
MIZZOU: Jabari Brown- 15 pts, 2 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl
FLORIDA: Scottie Wilbekin- 19 pts, 1 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl
Missouri knew it was going to take a tremendous effort to go on the road and steal a win from the third ranked gators. The game started off back and forth with both teams struggling to make easy buckets. The tigers finally got something out of their post, with Ryan Rosburg making a few plays early, and finishing the night with 8 points.
Florida’s freshman sensation, Chris “Sky” Walker, made his debut- only playing seven minutes but having two dunks that brought gator fans to their feet. With time expiring before the half, Walker caught an alley-oop from team mate Kasey Hill, but the crowd was quickly silenced by a clutch three point shot made by Jabari Brown that gave Mizzou the lead at half time, 28-25.
Missouri shot poorly in the second half, only make 4-of-13 shots from behind the arc and had a more than four minute drought with out scoring a point. In that time, Florida’s Michael Frazier hit some big three’s that helped the gators pull away in the second half. Patric Young got going in the paint with his 13 points and 6 rebounds and Scottie Wilbekin was able to drive and make high percentage shots, giving him his 19.
Florida is the best team in a very mediocre SEC conference. After beating Mizzou, Florida moves to 20-2 and 9-0 in the SEC, giving their head coach, Billy Donovan his 16th consecutive season with 20 plus wins. Only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski have longer active streaks.
The Missouri Tigers travels to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in the CM ‘Tad” Smith Coliseum, on Saturday and 5 PM, CDT on ESPN 3.