Mizzou comes back late, edges out SEMO

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By Joey Schneider, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Dec. 2-

The Missouri men’s basketball team won their second consecutive game, a 65-61 comeback effort against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

Leading season scorer Wes Clark was held out of the game with disciplinary issues, but the Tigers still prevailed to grind out their third home victory.

Mizzou fell behind early, giving up six unanswered points that opened up a 10-6 SEMO run just five minutes into the game. SEMO’s defense was able to limit Mizzou’s scoring opportunities in the first half, as the Tigers only converted on ten field goals and missed more than 70% of their free throws and 3-pointers.

While the Tigers kept inching closer to a lead in the first half, SEMO was able to control their offensive game early on. The Redhawks went on a 9-1 run late in the first half with the help of breakout performances from guards J.J. Thompson and Isaiah Jones.

The Tigers defensive play proved sloppy as well, recording nine fouls and turning the ball over nine times in the opening twenty minutes. Even with several early-game struggles, Mizzou went into halftime trailing by just six.

SEMO began the second period with another strong run, outscoring Mizzou 9-5 in the first five minutes of the second half. However, the Tigers found opportunity to improve, evening up the score at 42 less than five minutes later.

The Redhawks followed this first tied score with a 10-4 run, a span in which Nino Johnson scored three of SEMO’s five field goals. The Tigers however had a run in them, rallying on six second half 3-pointers to even the score at 54 with less than five minutes left.

At 3:54, Mizzou grabbed their first lead of the night with a 3-pointer from D’Angelo Allen. The forward added five rebounds and two steals, captivating an 11-7 run to help Mizzou complete their third comeback victory of the year at Mizzou Arena.

Allen was one of several players who contributed largely to the Tigers’ offense in the victory. Sophomore Jonathan Williams III broke out with a career-high 18 points and 11 boards, picking up his first career double-double. Montaque Gill-Caesar and Keith Shamburger also picked up double-digit points, collecting four of the Tigers’ six 3-pointers in the second half.

The Tigers next challenge lies in Friday’s road match with the 4-2 Oklahoma Sooners. The contest can be viewed on ESPNU and begins at 8:30 p.m.