Until Kansas State did it over the weekend, Texas had not lost at home in Big 12 action for nearly two years. The Longhorns had not suffered consecutive home losses since 2002. Finally Texas had not lost to the Missouri Tigers at home since 1999. So much for all of that, Missouri knocked off Texas 69-65.
Missouri pressured Texas all game, and forced the Longhorns into 15 turnovers. Meanwhile the Tigers had four players score in double figures. This included Zaire Taylor, a transfer from Delaware, who scored 17 points including a driving layup with 5.5 seconds left. Taylor was fouled as well and converted the free throw to put ice the game.
Texas struggled with scoring except when they got it inside to Dexter Pittman. The big man was unstoppable by Missouri. He scored 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting and going 7-for-10 at the free throw line. Unfortunately the rest of the Longhorn team could barely break 33% shooting.
This was an important win for Missouri. While the Tigers have lots of wins, they do not have a lot of quality wins. This is their biggest of the season and puts them in solid shape to grab an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
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