Missouri 71, South Carolina 65 FINAL
The 22nd-ranked Missouri Tigers missed 22 of their first 25 three point attempts Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena against the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks, but they hit a pair of clutch threes in the final 1:10 to key a thrilling 71-65 comeback win. Jabari Brown hit the last three of the night, a clutch trey from the left wing with 14 seconds to play and the Tigers (14-4 overall, 3-2 in SEC play) holding a slim 66-65 lead. His three made it 69-65 and effectively iced the game, as the Gamecocks (11-7, 1-4) fouled Tiger forward Tony Criswell after a missed shot on their ensuing possession. Criswell sank both free throws with four seconds left to account for the final score. Less than a minute earlier, it was guard Earnest Ross who hit just as big of a shot from long range, when he sank a contested three with 1:10 left to give Mizzou a 66-63 lead. Ross, who came off the bench and wasn't completely 100 percent after injuring his back last week against Georgia, scored a game-high and personal season-high 21 points on the night. Frank Haith's team needed a furious second-half rally to overcome a rough first half which saw Mizzou shoot just 20.0% in the opening 20 minutes as South Carolina claimed a 35-27 halftime lead. The USC lead would grow to 13 points (41-28 with 17:11 left) for the visiting Gamecocks and their Coach Frank Martin, but a quick 5-0 mini run for Mizzou got the Tigers within striking distance. Brown's trey capped a 17-point night for the sophomore guard, and it negated an ice-cold shooting night for the Tigers, who shot only 18.5% from three-point range (5-of-27), while shooting just 33.3% overall in the game (19-of-57 FGs). Not to be overlooked was the huge performance by center Alex Oriakhi. The senior post scored 18 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, and added 11 rebounds to the cause. Ross added 10 rebounds of his own for his third double-double of the season (first since 10 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 22nd against Stanford). Oriakhi netted his sixth double-double of the season before fouling out with 46.8 seconds left in the game. In a very physical game, the Tigers held up well, as they shot 28-of-36 from the foul line (77.8%) as a team, outscoring South Carolina (11-of-17 FTs) by 17 points from the charity stripe. That effectiveness from the line certainly helped balance the tough shooting night from the floor. Junior guard Phil Pressey had a game-high seven assists and added six points and two steals in the win, which extended Mizzou's home-court winning streak to 12 games. South Carolina came out aggressive early on, and led for the final 16:13 of the first half. The Gamecocks' biggest margin was nine points in the opening half, as USC made 5-of-10 three-pointers in the opening half. Carolina shot just 1-of-10 from long distance after halftime, and they connected 36.9% from the floor overall on the night (24-of-65 FGs). A 20-2 Tiger scoring run early in the second half set the stage for the big comeback. After the Gamecocks took their 13-point lead on a layin by Michael Carrera with 17:11 to play (giving them a 41-28 lead), Mizzou scored five straight, and after another Carrera bucket made it 43-33, Mizzou scored 15 straight points to take a 48-43 lead with 11:50 left. Brown had nine points in that stretch, and his three-pointer with 12:43 left tied it up at 43-apiece. With 12:25 left, Brown was fouled after rebounding a South Carolina miss, and he hit one of two free throws to give Mizzou its first lead (44-43) since the 17:40 mark of the first half.
Joplin 65, Springfield Central 49 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
For three quarters, the Central Bulldogs used an energetic and active defense to keep close with the Joplin Eagles. However, a young Bulldogs squad couldn’t quite carry over that defense to a fourth quarter that saw Joplin score 13 unanswered points. The Eagles would go on to win 65-49 at The Pit on Tuesday night.
Kickapoo 45, Parkview 38 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
The Springfield rivals dualed it out at Kickapoo, with the Chiefs holding out late to defeat the Vikings 45-38 in an ozark conference matchup. Kickapoo's Chris Ward led all scorers with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Hillcrest 48, Waynesville 43 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY - SEE BOTTOM OF ARTICLE FOR VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
For one half of play tonight it looked as if all the money in the world couldn’t buy a basket for either Waynesville or the home team Hillcrest, but the Hornets prevailed in the last two quarters to win 48-43 on Tuesday night. Hillcrest tied the game at 14 to end the first half, with Juwan Johnson adding four points and Roy Hardy adding two of his own off a steal and layup. But it wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Hornets managed to get momentum and gain two 10-point leads, due in part to a 5-point spurt from senior starter Austin Petry (3-for-10 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist).
MV-BT/Liberty 78, Hartville 67 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
MV-BT/Liberty came out on top in the battle of the Eagles, 78-67.
Dadeville 56, Greenfield 48 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Diamond 47, East Newton 35 FINAL
Ryan Jinks and Darren Russon both knocked down 13 points to improve the Wildcats' record to 13-3.
Norwood 51, Seymour 40 FINAL
The Norwood duo of J.D. Chadwell and Zayne Tate paved the way for the Pirates in their 51-40 win over Seymour, each finishing with 19 points.
Clever 74, Blue Eye 42 FINAL
In SWCL action, Clever's Dalton Fisher poured 24 points of his own top Blue Eye, 74-42.
McAuley Catholic 65, Wheaton 36 FINAL
Cole Lowry of McAuley Catholic scored a game-high 18 points.
Gainesville 63, Dora 50 FINAL
Thomas Ritter's 20-point performance was enough for Gainesville to overcome Dora, 63-50.
Sarcoxie 46, Golden City 45 FINAL
Sarcoxie edged by Golden CIty with the help of Justin Myers' 21 and Garett Triplett's 19 to improve their record to 7-12.
Thayer 70, East Carter 47 FINAL
Niangua 57, Halfway 30 FINAL
Licking 58, Houston 50 FINAL
Carthage 72, McDonald County 40 FINAL
Carl Junction 78, Monett 47 FINAL
Morrisville 58, Stockton 47 FINAL
Nevada 75, El Dorado Springs 22 FINAL
Nevada crushed the Bulldogs in the first round of the Clinton Tournament thanks in large part to Silas Smith's 33-point outburst, 26 of which came in the first half.
Ava 75, Laquey 63 FINAL
Fordland 66, Buffalo 59 FINAL
Out in the Conway Tournament, Ava found success over Laquey, 75-63. Fordland knocked off Buffalo, 66-59. Ava and Fordland advance to the semifinals Jan. 24 at 6:30 PM, while Laquey and Buffalo contend in the consolation semifinals Jan. 25 at 7:30 PM.
Mountain Grove Tournament
Willow Springs 57, Cabool 41 FINAL
Salem 50, Mountain Grove 38 FINAL
Strafford 57, West Plains 56 FINAL
Ozark 67, Camdenton 36 FINAL
After being down by six at half, the Indians battled back to overcome West Plains, 57-56. Camdenton lost big to Ozark in the opening quarterfinal round, 67-36. Strafford faces-off with Ozark Jan. 25 at 6:30 PM in the semifinals. The Zizzers will play the Lakers Jan. 24 at 6:00 PM.
Mansfield 58, Riverview Bible Baptist 28 FINAL
New Covenant 78, Galena 53 FINAL
Mansfield knocked off Riverview by a 30-point margin in the opening round of the Sparta Tournament, 58-28. Carter Quick and Curtis Carnal netted 16 and 13 respectively. The Warriors finished with four players in double figures to defeat Galena by a final of 78-53. Jarred Schrader and Austin Cassity led New Covenant with 17 points, Chace Smartt added 12, and Sam Lincoln scored 11 points.
Ozark 78, Kickapoo 51 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
The Lady Tigers dominated Kickapoo at home, 78-51. Hannah Cook finished with a game-high with 21 points, Haylee Beard also ended in double figures with 17. Natalie Closser led the Lady Chiefs with 12 points.
Billings 65, New Covenant 58 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
Casey Askins dropped a game-high 33 points in New Covenant's loss to Billings, 65-58. Billings' Shondra Davis scored 18, Andrea Begley chipped in with 12, and Stephanie Bos had 10 points.
Bolivar 57, Warsaw 30 FINAL
Daiwa Emmert led the Lady Liberators with a 15-point showing in Bolivar's big win over Warsaw, 57-30.
Cassville 47, Verona 38 FINAL
Cassville's Emily Speakman contributed 27 points to lead the Lady Wildcats to victory, 47-38.
Dadeville 55, Greenfield 44 FINAL - CLICK HERE FOR STORY
Waynesville 54, Glendale 21 FINAL
Fair Play 66, Wheatland 36 FINAL
Pierce City 58, Seneca 35 FINAL
St. James 60, Rolla 50 FINAL
Willow Springs 63, Spokane 37 FINAL
Willow Springs advances on to the semifinals after defeating the Owls by a 26-point margin.
Reeds Spring Tournament
Reeds Spring 56, Forsyth 42 FINAL
Hurley 57, Hollister 46 FINAL
Host Reeds Spring comes away the 56-42 win over Forsyth in pool play. In the consolation semifinals, Hurley takes home a winner to advance to the consolation finals Jan. 25 at 5:00 PM.