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The Mizzou Tigers faced off against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in an SEC rivalry matchup. The Razorbacks came into the game with a record of 16-6 against the Tigers who had a record of 10-12.

This game was the annual ‘Rally for Rhyan’ game, which honors cancer survivor Rhyan Loos. This event has raised hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for cancer research and support. Coming into the game, Mizzou was a perfect 4-0 in ‘Rally for Rhyan’ games.

From the jump, both teams struggled to score. Neither team was able to get much working from behind the arc, however, Mizzou’s Reed Nikko was able to do some damage in the paint early on as he scored seven points early on in the first half.

Arkansas trailed the entire first half but cut Mizzou’s nine-point lead to two late in the half. The Tigers made a final push at the end of the half to push their lead to six. Mizzou lead Arkansas 36-30 at halftime.

The shooting drought continued in the second half as Mizzou finished the game shooting 18.8% from three and Arkansas finished 21.4% from three. Mizzou put up 16 shots from behind the arc and was only able to make three. Arkansas put up 14 threes and was able to make three as well.

Mizzou gave up the lead for the first time in the game with three minutes to play. This late push by Arkansas was led by a sequence of scoring by Columbia native, Jimmy Whitt Jr. Whitt finished the game with 15 points.

The Tigers were able to bounce back and take a two-point lead with 1:19 left to play in the second half. Tray Jackson, who finished the game with nine points, was able to make some spectacular plays late in the game that gave the Tigers momentum. Arkansas’ Desi Sills was able to send the game to overtime by making a layup with 33 seconds left.

In overtime, Mizzou took command and did not look back. They took a seven-point lead with less than two minutes left to play. The Tigers sealed the game off with an 83-79 victory over Arkansas.

Xavier Pinson lead Mizzou the entire night on the offensive end. He finished the game with a career-high 24 points and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds. Other contributors include Javon Pickett with 14, Reed Nikko and Dru Smith each with 11, Tray Jackson with nine, Mitchell Smith with eight, Kobe Brown with four, and Parker Braun with two.

On the Arkansas side, they were lead by Reggie Chaney and Mason Jones who each finished with 17 points. Other contributors include Jimmy Whitt Jr with 15, Desi Sills with 12, Adrio Bailey with 10, Jalen Harris with seven, and Ethan Henderson with one.

The Tigers shot 38.3% and the Razorbacks shot 38.7% from the field. In addition, the Tigers made 34 out of their 44 free throw attempts. The Razorbacks made 28 out of their 39 free throws. On the boards, the Tigers were able to pull down 52 total rebounds, 16 of those being offensive. The Razorbacks were able to pull down 35 total, 11 of those being offensive.

Mizzou will face off against LSU on Tuesday, February 11th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.