Brooke Lemke – 23 Sports

Mizzou men’s basketball beat Tennessee on the road on Saturday 73-64, marking the first time the team has won in Knoxville since 1972. 

Junior guard Xavier Pinson led the team with a season high 27 points. Pinson’s stellar performance made him the first player this season to put up more than 20 points against the Volunteers. Pinson opened the half scoring 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to give Mizzou a 40-34 halftime lead. Pinson rounded out the night making 10 out of his 14 field goal attempts, going 4-for-4 from the foul line, and 3-for-3 from the arc, which set another season high for himself.

In addition to Pinson, senior guard Dru Smith boosted the Tigers with 18 points. Smith also drained three 3-pointers for a season high. Smith and Pinson combined scored 45 of Mizzou’s points. 

As a team, Mizzou outperformed the Vols shooting 42% from the three, 75% from the line and getting 34 rebounds. The Tigers forced 18 Tennessee turnovers on the night and went for eight 3-point shots, which was the most the team had scored in the SEC this season. Ending the night with a win marked the third ranked win the Tigers captured this season, and the highest-ranked road win Mizzou has beaten since 2012.

The 19th-ranked Mizzou now holds a 10-2 record on the season and stands 4-2 in conference play. The Tigers moved ahead of Tennessee (10-3, 4-3) in the SEC standings and sits behind Alabama in conference winning percentage. Mizzou is slated to face off against Auburn at the Auburn Arena on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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