Late run boosts Missouri past Kansas
Tigers close game on 11-0 run behind Denmon’s 3-point shooting
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 in Game 1 of what could be the schools’ final border showdown on Saturday.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Kentucky 86, South Carolina 52|
|No. 2 Syracuse 95, St. John's 70|
|No. 3 Ohio State 58, No. 19 Wisconsin 52|
|No. 4 Missouri 74, No. 8 Kansas 71|
|No. 5 North Carolina 83, Maryland 74|
|No. 6 Baylor 64, Oklahoma State 60|
|No. 10 Murray State 65, Tennessee-Martin 58|
|Wyoming 68, No. 11 UNLV 66|
|No. 12 Florida 73, No. 25 Vanderbilt 65|
|Northern Iowa 65, No. 13 Creighton 62|
|No. 14 Georgetown 75, South Florida 45|
|Notre Dame 76, No. 15 Marquette 59|
|No. 17 San Diego State 83, TCU 73|
|No. 20 Indiana 78, Purdue 61|
|No. 21 Florida State 58, No. 16 Virginia 55|
|No. 22 Mississippi State 91, Auburn 88|
Denmon scored 29 points, two off his career best, and ended a long-range shooting slump with a career-best six 3-pointers in nine attempts.
The go-ahead 3-pointer came with 56 seconds to go for a one-point lead. Michael Dixon added a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds left after an offensive foul on Tyshawn Taylor and Kansas’ Elijah Johnson missed badly on a shot to tie it at the buzzer.
Missouri (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) beat Kansas for only the second time in the last 12 meetings, and the Tigers’ impending departure for the SEC added spice to the final conference meeting in Columbia, Mo.
Thomas Robinson had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas (18-5, 8-2).
Kansas was scoreless for the final 3:20 after Taylor dunked for a 71-63 lead.
Missouri is 13-0 at home, and this was the closest call by far for a team that has usually dominated. The previous smallest margin was 11 points against Texas last month.
Under first-year coach Frank Haith, the Tigers beat Kansas for the first time since 2009. Kansas coach Bill Self fell to 17-4 against Missouri.
Denmon had been just 5 for 31 from 3-point range the previous five games, and was held to six points on 3 for 12 overall shooting in a one-point victory at Texas on Monday, and had been spending extra time in the gym working on the shot. He hit all three 3-point attempts in a 16-point first half, helping Missouri take a 39-34 lead.