The Missouri Tigers picked up a huge and much needed win against the Tennessee Volunteers this afternoon with a final score of 75-70. Mizzou’s two guards, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, were simply too much for the Tennessee defense to handle. The Tigers have now won back-to-back conference games, helping to keep them as a team that’s at least on the bubble.
MIZZOU: Jabari Brown- 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Stl
TENNESSEE: Jordan McRae- 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast
The Tigers are getting accustomed winning these nail biter games, as they’ve now won back to back games that have come down to the final possessions.
Missouri had a two possession lead with just 47 seconds remaining on the clock when when Jabari Brown was called for a foul against Tennessee’s Josh Richardson, on a three point attempt. Richardson hit all three free throws, making it a one possession game for the Volunteers. Missouri then turned the ball over twice, once on a jump ball possession and the other on an intercepted inbound pass.
After a couple mishaps with the game clock- which gave Tennessee two clutch timeouts in a situation where they had used all of theirs already- the Volunteers found themselves in a situation to inbound a pass and hit a game tying shot.
With 7.7 seconds remaining on the clock, Jabari Brown stole the Volunteers inbound pass that was eventually hauled in by Earnest Ross who took the foul and shot the games final two points.
Jabari Brown finished the day with 24 points but he wasn’t the only star of the day. Tennessee’s Jordan McRae put up 31 points but failed to make the game tying three with 10 seconds left. Both of these kids battled today knowing what was at stake for each of their teams.
Missouri now moves to 18-7 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Beating Tennessee was huge for Missouri as they’ve been needing to stock pile some quality wins in order make their case for the tournament.
Tennessee moved to 15-10 over all and 6-6 in conference play as well. With this loss, it’s believed that they are officially eliminated from the the NCAA Tournament unless they win the SEC Tournament.
Missouri host’s Vanderbilt this Wednesday, February 19th at 8 PM CDT on ESPN3