Another lead lost. Another close finish. Another confusing, frustrating end.Missouri saw a 14 point lead evaporate in the second half as they fell in the Quarterfinals of the 2013 SEC Tournament to Ole Miss 64-62 Friday night.
Missouri was up 14 midway through the second half when the offense seemed to stall. It came to a full stop when the Tigers did not score a point for nearly four and a half minutes before a Jabari Brown free throw put the Tigers up 57-51. Mizzou, however would not score another field goal until Alex Oriakhi’s layup with 2:19 remaining in the game.
Before the drought started, the Tigers led the Rebels 56-46. They had tied the game at 57 before Oriakhi’s layup. Marshall Henderson tied the game at the free throw line 59-59. The difference in the game was a Derrick Millinghaus floater with 1 second remaining in the game.
Three Tigers scored in double figures, led by Oriakhi’s 16 points. He also led the team with 9 rebounds. Phil Pressey led the team with 7 assists.
Missouri now awaits their fate on Selection Sunday. Selections begin at 5pm Sunday on CBS. Missouri is projected by many prognosticators as an 8/9 seed (CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm projects Missouri as the 9 seed in the South. Their second round matchup if they advance: the Kansas Jayhawks). Stay tuned to ESPN 100.5 and total sports station 103.1 KTGR and KTGR.com for details on Missouri in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
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