Missouri Squeaks by Stephen F. Austin in 82-81 Victory

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

Kassius Robertson recorded 23 points while shooting 5-9 from the three-point line including a clutch steal in crunch time while Jordan Barnett added 22 points and 6 rebounds as Missouri made enough plays down the stretch to hang on for a hard-fought 82-81 victory against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday night.

Robertson and Barnett were the go-to scorers for the Tigers as they combined to knock down 9 of Missouri’s 11 three-pointers. Jeremiah Tilmon put up 10 points and 4 rebounds and Terrance Phillips scored 7 points off the bench.

Leading scorer Kevon Harris had 19 points for the Lumberjacks while shooting a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range. TJ Holyfield contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Leon Gilmore III had 11 points. Shannon Bogues was solid off the bench with 12 points.

In the first half, Missouri was incredibly efficient from the field, converting on 10 of its first 11 shots. Despite that, SFA continued to hang tough with the Tigers throughout. Missouri shot 8 of 12 from three at the half, but still only led 48-40. In the second half, the Lumberjacks continued to fight and would go on an 18-6 run cutting it to a one point game with less than six minutes to go. What helped SFA stay in the contest throughout was their stifling defense and their stingy press defense, forcing Missouri to commit a season-high 21 turnovers. Although, the Tigers would find a way to come out with a win as they were tremendous from the free throw line, hitting 23 of 27 from the free throw line. Kassius Robertson did miss two straight free throws late, but would redeem himself as he knocked a ball loose, dove on it and called timeout to help seal the deal.

It was Missouri’s fifth straight win and they hope to extend their winning streak as they head to St. Louis to take on Illinois on Saturday.