For the second time in three days, Missouri found itself in a two-and-a-half-hour slog of a basketball game. And for the second time in three days, the Tigers won. Mizzou survived massive front-court foul trouble and 31 points from Jordan McRae and took a 75-70 decision from Tennessee.
Jabari Brown was, as is customary, automatic down the stretch, leading the Tigers with 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Earnest Ross pitched in 15 points, and the trio of Tony Criswell, Torren Jones, and Keanau Post combined for 17 points, nine boards, and two blocks. Jordan Clarkson scored just seven points on 3-for-11 shooting, and Mizzou gave away five-sixths of a six-point lead in the final seconds before locking down the game with two free throws and a steal from Brown and two free throws from Johnathan Williams III.
It was a game made most noteworthy by the #StandWithSam campaign and a futile protest from Westboro Baptist Church, but it was also a game Mizzou really needed to have. The Tigers got it.
Study Hall tomorrow.