Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers basketball team survived a tough test at home on Saturday against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, needing overtime to emerge victorious. Stakes were high, as both teams entered Saturday’s game tied for fourth place in the SEC. Mizzou was able to grab sole possession, managing to come away with the 89-85 win.

The first half was back and forth as both teams had their shooting abilities on display. Mississippi State entered the game averaging just 28.8 percent from three, but were able the first half shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Missouri was also hot from three shooting 58 percent. Although both teams shot well in the first half Missouri went on a 7-0 run thanks to a spark by leading scorer Kassius Robertson and big man Kevin Puryear. Robertson ended the first half with 14 points and made 71 percent of his field goal attempts. Puryear also helped guide the Tigers charge by knocking down 80 percent of his shots on eight points.

During the second half the Bulldogs turned up their pressure and elected to go on a full-court press that bothered Missouri’s offensive rhythm. The Bulldogs forced multiple turnovers and eventually cut the Tigers lead. Mississippi State’s guard Lamar Peters led all Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points for the game and drained a clutch three pointer to tie the game at 79 and force OT.

Mississippi State came out hot in overtime making their first five shots, however they could not overcome their fouls. Missouri took advantage of the Bulldogs sloppy play and hit a few important free-throws to end the game.

Missouri will look to extend their win streak to four games when they face Texas A&M on Tuesday, February 13 at Mizzou Arena.