COLUMBIA, Missouri – In a round-trip matchup that featured 21 draws and 11 leadership changes, the University of Missouri men's basketball team achieved a stellar performance in a 83-72 win against Utah, Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The victory marked the first in program history for Mizzou against the Utes and moved the Tigers to 6-5 on the season.
"Great job for this team recovering for a victory," said head coach Cuonzo Martin . "I think it was a good week of practice. We did a good job improving things, tackling things and we keep improving. [Utah] is a talented team and a team with a lot of experience."
Kobe Brown had a career day with 27 points on 8 of 11 shots, including his personal best of 11 of 13 free throws. Amari Davis Javon Pickett and Ronnie DeGray III joined Brown in double digits, marking the 30th th consecutive game in which multiple The tigers have scored 10 or more points.
Davis scored 17 points in his first game off the bench, providing a spark on each avenue with five rebounds and shooting 53.8 percent from the floor. Pickett and DeGray III had 12 and 10, respectively, while DeGray III also contributed seven rebounds, the most in the game.
POINT OF TURN
After losing a point at halftime, the second half continued to be a back and forth battle for Mizzou. Utah took their biggest lead of the game, 65-60, with seven minutes remaining before Ronnie DeGray III hit a three-pointer that changed momentum. All three launched a 9-1 Mizzou streak that would continue when Kobe Brown scored the next 12 points for Mizzou, putting the Tigers up 75-71. Mizzou would not give up the lead for the remainder of the game.
- Trevon Brazile and Anton Brookshire began their first careers.
- Brazile has led the team in blocks in all three games they have played this season. The first-year student already has five in the year.
- The 27 points mark Brown's fourth career game over 20 and his eighth double-digit game of the season.
- Mizzou moves to 6-1 on the season when he rebounds his opponent, making it 41-33 against Utah.
- The Tigers had just six turnovers, the fewest of the season. The last time Mizzou had fewer than six turnovers in a game was on March 21, 2013 against Colorado State.
- Yaya Keita set a personal record with five rebounds.
The Tigers turn their attention to their second rivalry game in a matter of weeks against Illinois at the McBride Braggin 'Rights Classic on December 22. The game will start at 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network from the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
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