What has proved to be one of the longest and most difficult seasons in recent memory has come to a close for the University of Missouri men’s basketball team. The 11th-seeded Tigers saw their season end with a 71-64 loss to 6th-seeded Nebraska at the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas Thursday.
Mizzou trailed by as many as twelve points in the second half, but used a 9-0 run to take a 58-57 lead with 6:42 to go. It was tight from that point on, but MU never regained the lead after NU’s Aleks Maric converted a lay up to give the ‘Huskers a 60-58 lead with 5:47 remaining.
Thomas Gardner hit two free throws with 1:51 remaining to lock the game up at 64 apiece. Nebraska freshman Jamel White hit a three pointer as the shot clock expired on the next possession to put the Cornhuskers ahead 67-64—that proved to be enough to put it away for NU.
In McKinney’s final game as a Tiger, he scored 15 points with three rebounds. Fellow senior Kevin Young had foul trouble and played just 21 minutes, scoring five points and pulling down three rebounds.
Jason Dourisseau was the leading scorer for Nebraska with 20 points and Aleks Maric added 19 for the ‘Huskers, who will move on to face 3rd-seeded Oklahoma tonight.
The Tigers finish the season with a record of 12-16. The last time MU finished that many games under .500 was in 1967-1968 when they went 10-16—that was Norm Stewart’s first year as head coach.