The Missouri Tigers didn’t have much of an answer for Vanderbilt’s inside play. A.J. Ogilvy led the Commodores with 25 points on 7 of 10 shooting, plus 11 of 12 from the free throw line , as the Tigers came up short losing 89-83 despite a late game rally.
The Tigers were outrebounded 47-26 as well. The Tigers struggled in the first half and I think that set the tone for much of the second half as Vandy gained confidence as the game went on. The Tigers were battling that whole first half trying keep the game close. Each time the Tigers would cut to the lead to one, Vandy would build it back up to four to six points.
Missouri was up 30-28 after a JT Tiller steal and jumper with 5:55 left in the first half and were ahead until Ogilvy hit two free throws to put Vandy up 32-31 with 3:40 to play. Mizzou didn’t close out the half well at all.
The Tigers missed three shots and a free throw while Vandy got a three pointer from Jermaine Beal and Jeffrey Taylor battled off a Justin Safford block to put in his own rebound. Kim English, who finished with 20 points on just 5 of 17 shooting from the field, hit a couple of free throws to cut the Vandy lead to 39-33 at the half.
Vandy’s biggest lead would get to 14 with just over five minutes to play as they controlled much of the second half until Missouri made one more charge, cutting the lead to one, twice in the final two minutes thanks to three pointers by English and Zaire Taylor, but Vandy hit free throws down the stretch to finish the game off. Missouri used a 13-1 run during that mad dash to the end. English led Missouri with 20 points, Zaire Taylor 17, Mike Dixon 11 and J.T. Tiller had 10.