Revenge is often a dish that is best served cold. Well, that is exactly what Mizzou handed the Gators Tuesday night as payback for the smackdown earlier in the season. Clawing their way back form a 13-point deficit, the Tigers pulled off an ubelievable upset win, 63-60.
The key to this Tiger win? Two words: Laurence Bowers.
A month ago, Mizzou was demolished by Florida in a 31-point blowout loss. The Tigers were without Bowers then, and their overall game greatly suffered.
In the rematch Tuesday night, in front of a sellout crowd of 15,061, Bowers proved he was the missing key component for Mizzou, scoring 17 points and grabbing ten rebounds.
Bowers was also a dominant threat on defense, limiting Florida’s Patric Young to just two points the entire game.
The turning point of the game was a three point play orchestrated by junior point guard Phil Pressey, which gave Mizzou its first lead of the game, 59-57, with just 2:51 to go.
Florida quickly answered with a three from guard Scottie Wilbekin to put the Gators back on top with a minute and a half left to play.
Mizzou just would not die thought, and with the cheers of its fans surrounding them, Bowers came through once again, sinking a jumper to make it 61-60, with 1:15 left.
After that, Mizzou held onto the lead and Keion bell made two free throws to seal the deal, winning the game 63-60.
Pressey had sevent points on the night, along with six rebounds and ten assists. He also cut his turnover margin from the last time these two teams played against each other in half, from ten to five.
Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross were also key contributors to Mizzou’s success, with Brown scoring 12 points and Ross scoring 11 points respectively.
The Tigers are now 15-0 at home, and 30-1 under coach Frank Haith.
Mizzou travels to Lexington, Kentucky February 23 to take on the Wildcats in another SEC showdown.