In the end, Mizzou’s game against Arkansas came down to two plays. Jabari Brown made a layup to give the Tigers a lead with ten seconds left, and the home team forced a Razorback miss on the other end to close out an 86-85 victory at Mizzou Arena.
The game’s leading scorer wasn’t even in the frontcourt for the final two points of the game. Jordan Clarkson finished with 27 points, but stayed in the backcourt to create an offensive 4-on-4 situation. Brown took advantage, spinning in the lane before capturing his 25th point of the night. Arkansas got a running layup look at the end, but the defense held firm enough to force a miss.
Mizzou can look to a sterling night at the foul line as another key to victory. The Tigers shot 34-of-38 from the charity stripe, compared to 29-of-37 for Arkansas. The Hogs put five players into double figures, led by Rashad Madden’s 17. Earnest Ross contributed a double-double for Missouri, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers advance to a record of 17-7 with the win, and a 5-6 SEC conference mark. They are back at Mizzou Arena to host Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 on 96.7 KCMQ.
Here’s Will Palaszczuk and Matt Michaels breaking down Mizzou’s win over Arkansas: