DuVonte’ Beard-23Sports

February 15, 2020 in Columbia, Mo, the night began with an SEC match between the men’s basketball teams of Auburn and Missouri. The results were nothing short of shocking to many fans, analysts, and spectators. Saturday’s bout was completely worth the amount of noise and fans in Mizzou Arena as Missouri (12-13, 4-8 SEC) managed to take down No. 11 Auburn (22-3, 9-3 SEC) with a score of 85-73.

Missouri’s two point guards Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson put a stamp on the first half with their tremendous play. Though the two are usually on opposite sides in practice, they were able to play well alongside each other. The two combined for 32 of Missouri’s 45 first half points while shooting 80% from both inside and beyond the arc. Missouri kept all of Auburn’s scorers out of double figures, only allowing three players to score over five points. Auburn’s ability to consistently get inside the paint led to numerous free throw attempts that seemingly kept them within reach of Missouri. Winning the free throw battle still could not put Auburn above as the first half concluded in a 45-32 Missouri lead.

A whirlwind of emotions with a slow-ticking clock briefly details what it felt like in Mizzou Arena during the second half. Several delays froze the clock, as multiple technical fouls were given with one resulting in an ejection. Many fouls were called, and many free throws were taken while hundreds of fans stood to their feet to let the referees have a piece of their minds. Both teams combined for 50 total free throw attempts in the half. This unusual rollercoaster of events had no effect on Missouri’s two stand-out point guards, Smith and Pinson, as they continued their show of dominance against the Auburn defense.

Missouri’s two guards finished with 28 points apiece in their winning effort over a top SEC opponent. A key player helping assist the two was freshman forward Kobe Brown, chipping in ten points and nine total rebounds. “It gives us confidence,” Pinson said during his post-game interview. “It lets us know we have a chance still going into SEC play.”

Missouri’s next game will be at home against Ole Miss on Tuesday evening, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT tipoff at Mizzou Arena.