Tigers Hold Off Tide

Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

Mizzou continued its two game road trip on Wednesday, when they traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide, who sit at 14-7 on the season, 5-3 (SEC). The Tigers were looking to snap a three game losing skid, that was capped off with a tough loss Saturday night to Mississippi State, 74-62.

The first two buckets of the game came from the charity stripe, thanks to Donta Hall who put the Crimson Tide up two early (19:01). Mizzou’s first points of the game came from Jeremiah Tilmon who scored a layup with just over 18 minutes to go in the 1st half.

From there, it was back and forth for both teams as Mizzou’s Kassius Robertson hit back to back threes with just under 17 minutes to play in the 1st half, putting the Tigers up 8-5.

Daniel Giddens finally got the partisan crowd involved in the game with a thunderous dunk, putting the Tide up by 1, 12-11.

Not only did Giddens slam one home in the first half of action, Donta Hall also got the crowd into it, putting up a dunk with just under 7 minutes to play. The Tide continued to trail the Tigers, 23-19.

From there, Mizzou went on an 11-0 run, until Alabama finally found the basket with just over four and half minutes to play in the 1st half. Tigers now had a 10 point lead.

Alabama cut into the Tiger lead and went into the half down by just two, 35-33.

Coming out of the half, both teams made visits to the free throw line. Jordan Geist and Kevin Puryear each went to the line for Mizzou. Giddens, Hall and Collin Sexton saw the free throw line for Alabama. Mizzou shot 10/15 from the line on the night and Alabama shot 21/32.

Mizzou’s Jordan Geist hit a three for Mizzou with 14:32 left in the 2nd half. Less than a minute later, Alabama’s Collin Sexton drained a three of his own. Mizzou and Alabama were all knotted up at 44.

Seconds later, Kassius Robertson hit a three to put the Tigers up 47-44 with 12:49 to go in regulation.

Late in the ballgame, Mizzou’s Jontay Porter hit a big three with 5:05 left to play. Mizzou now controlled a nine point lead heading down the final stretch. Alabama was only able to cut the lead to seven with under a minute to go, but was never able to climb back.

Mizzou defeated Alabama, 69-60 and improved to 14-8 on the season.

Alabama’s Collin Sexton lead all scorers with 23 points. For Mizzou, Kassius Robertson led the Tigers with 22 points.

Mizzou returns home Saturday, Feb. 3rd to face (21) Kentucky. Tip-off scheduled for 1 PM.