Missouri Tigers men’s head basketball coach Frank Haith had only one loss at Mizzou Arena heading into Tuesday night’s showdown with No. 5 Florida, and no losses this season. After the game Haith can still stake claim to the one loss.
Despite having a double digit lead at several points in the game, Missouri rallied to defeat Florida 63-60 Tuesday night in Columbia.
Coming into the game, the Tigers bolstered a squad that included six players who average at least 10 points or more a game. In this game only three of those players scored in double figures. They included Laurence Bowers with 17 points, Jabari Brown with 12 and Earnest Ross with 11.
For the Gators, they too had only three players in double figures: Mike Rosario with 14, Kenny Boynton with 11 and Michael Frazier II with 10.
The Gators were not themselves in this one. Florida shot just over 40 percent from the field. Even worse, they shot just 30 percent from beyond the arc. With the relative lack of offense, Florida still maintained a lead up until 1:19 remaining in the game. The game may not have even been in reach if Florida would have made a few more free throws. UF was just 6 of 12 from the foul line. In comparison, Mizzou was 12 of 15.
Florida, regarded by many as a No. 1 seed before the match-up, now looks to rebound from their second SEC road loss of the season. They next take on Arkansas this Saturday, the only other team in the conference to beat Florida.
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