The Missouri men’s basketball team topped Furman 72-63 on Sunday, despite a lack-luster performance. The Tigers (4-3) trailed by as many as six points in the first half and went into the locker room down 34-33.
In the second half, the game continued to bounce back-and-forth. The Tigers biggest deficit came when Furman’s Tony Carter hit two free throws with 5:41 to go and put the Paladins (4-5) on top 58-54. Missouri countered with a 19-5 run to end the game and win it going away.
Jimmy McKinney was 2-of-12 shooting but hit a jumper to tie it at 58-58 with 4:13 to go. On the next possession McKinney hit another shot to give the Tigers the lead for good.
Thomas Gardner led Mizzou with 20 points and Jason Horton had 13. Freshman Leo Lyons played 18 minutes, but scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds.