Marcus Thomas, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers prevailed 79-78 win against the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday night. The Tigers improved their record to 12-11 and 3-8 in the SEC, while Arkansas dropped their record to 14-10 and 5-6 in the SEC.

Missouri started the first half extremely well putting up 46 points in the first half and jumping out to a ten point lead.

But as any fan who has watched the men’s games this year knows that there might not be a second half lead big enough to be safe with this current Missouri squad. The whole arena was waiting to watch another second half collapse from this team, and they almost got it, but the Tigers were able to make a stop with the clock expiring, preserving the Tiger win.

Missouri was led by sophomore big man Jeremiah Tilmon who played an exceptional all around game, dropping 21 points on 8-11 shooting, grabbing five rebounds and protecting the rim on defense, totaling three blocks as well. Tilmon put up these offensive numbers while also having his hands full on defense with Arkansas’s sophomore Daniel Gafford.

Arkansas’s Daniel Gafford helped keep the Razorbacks in the game, dropping 26 points on an efficient 12-17 shooting and collecting eight rebounds. His showing was followed up by freshman Isaiah Joe, who contributed 17 points and went 4-9 from behind the arc.

Senior Jordan Geist struggled to find the bottom of the net shooting 5-14 from the floor and 4-12 from behind the arc, but as all too familiar, still came up big when the Tigers needed a basket. He ended his day with 18 points and five rebounds.

Missouri Freshman Xavier Pinson showed a lot of growth in this game, ending just a rebound short of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds and tallying three assists. His ability to break the press and facilitate the offense was crucial down the stretch and was a major reason that Missouri was able to pull out the victory at the end of the game.

A major contributor in the win was redshirt junior Ronnie Suggs, who was celebrating his birthday, with 5 points and his usual disruptive on ball defense and a crucial poke away on an attempted dunk by Arkansas’s Daniel Gafford.

The Missouri Tigers are back in action Saturday February, 16 at Mississippi.