Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers won their fifth SEC game of the season in convincing fashion over the No. 21 Kentucky Wildcats. It was an historic moment for Missouri, the 69-60 win was the first time the Tigers defeated the Wildcats in program history.

This performance displayed the type of potential that Missouri possesses. The Tigers had their growth on display during the opening minutes of the game, when big man Kevin Puryear enjoyed a pair of three-point plays to begin the game and help the Tigers embark on a 10-0 run to gain momentum in the first half. Although the Tigers were in foul trouble early, that did not stop them from controlling the paint and forcing Kentucky to play their worst half of the season offensively. The Tigers kept the Wildcats from making a single three-pointer and forced them to miss 13 straight shots in the beginning minutes of the first half.

During the second half, Missouri continued their amazing defensive efforts, and offensively they began to open up their lead by spreading the floor and getting good looks from three. Missouri’s top two leading scorers, Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett, each ended the game with 16 points. However, Kentucky’s leading scorer, freshman forward Kevin Knox, entered the game averaging 15.6 points per game, but only ended with five points on 33 percent shooting. As a team Kentucky shot only 10 percent from three, and 69 percent from the free-throw line, whereas Missouri shot 30 percent from three, and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

The Tigers look for another conference win on Tuesday, February 6 when they face Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.