No. 5 Tennessee Rallies Past Men’s Basketball

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Tuesday night’s Southeastern Conference game between the University of Missouri men’s basketball team and nationally #1 Tennessee ended in a hard-fought 67-72 loss for the Volunteers. The two teams battled for 40 minutes.

With 24 points and a game-high six assists, graduate guard Sean East II led Mizzou (8-18, 0-13 SEC) in the offensive department at the end of the game. Graduate guard Nick Honor contributed ten points, while forward Noah Carter scored twenty more points and pulled down seven rebounds.

Both offenses got off to a poor start in the first 12 minutes, with a combined total of just six field goals made. Both teams combined for 14 mistakes, and neither was able to string together a run of more than four points.

The offenses picked up near the conclusion of the first quarter, with the Tigers going on an 11-3 run that was capped off by a second-chance three-pointer from East, giving MU a three-point lead at the half, 29-26.

Missouri maintained its advantage in the upset attempt until the middle of the second half, extending its lead to as much as seven points, 42-35. Nevertheless, the No. 5 Volunteers’ 21-5 run placed the visitors ahead by 13, 67-54, and they went on to win by five points.

Mizzou made 15 of 21 free throw attempts from the line and shot 37.5 percent from the field. Tennessee’s overall shooting percentage was 42.1 percent, with a 55.6 percent clip in the second half.

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