Ross Saves Senior Night For Mizzou, 57-56

March 5, 2014

Mizzou 57, Texas A&M 56
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Senior Night
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Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9 SEC) 30 26 56
Mizzou (21-9, 9-8 SEC) 20 37 57
Team Comparison
FG Made-Attempted 22-50 16-47
FG Percentage 44.0% 34.0%
3FG Made-Attempted 5-18 1-11
3FG Percentage 27.8% 9.1%
FT Made-Attempted 7-10 24-30
FT Percentage 70.0% 80.0%
Rebounds (Off.) 24 (7) 39 (17)
Assists 12 5
Turnovers 11 17
Blocks 3 5
Steals 11 4
A&M Stat Leaders Mizzou
Jones 16 Points 20 Brown
Roberson 9 Rebounds 8 Williams
Caruso 4 Assists 3 Clark
Three with 1 Blocks 5 Williams
Caruso 5 Steals 2 Ross

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On senior night at Mizzou Arena, the Tigers turned in an exciting second-half comeback to claim a close 57-56 victory over the visiting Texas A&M Aggies. Junior Jabari Brown led all scorers Wednesday evening with 20 points. With tonight's win, the Tigers (21-9 overall, 9-8 SEC) finished the 2013-14 home schedule with a 15-2 record.

With under a minute to play, a pair of free throws from senior Earnest Ross brought Mizzou to within a single point. A driving jumper from Texas A&M's Jamal Jones with 25 seconds remaining extended the Aggie advantage back to three (56-53).

Ross delivered a quick layup for Missouri out of a timeout, and after an A&M turnover on an inbounds pass, the Tigers had an opportunity to take the lead with only 16 seconds remaining. After a wild exchange, Ross once again headed to the free throw line and knocked home the pair to give Missouri a 57-56 advantage with only four seconds left on the clock. A pair of close inbounds plays from Texas A&M ultimately resulted in a turnover as time expired.

Texas A&M (17-13, 8-9) controlled much of the first half, leading by as much as 10 points. The Aggies hit 5-of-13 (38.5-percent) behind the arc, including three alone from Jamal Jones. Missouri struggled to find a rhythm offensively, as they shot just 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the field.

Brown paced the Tigers' first-half scoring with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. The Oakland, Calif., native also knocked down the team's lone 3-pointer. Freshman Johnathan Williams III racked up six first-half rebounds, as Missouri out-rebounded the Aggies 23-14 halfway through the contest at Mizzou Arena.

Despite being out-rebounded, A&M controlled the paint and took advantage of Missouri miscues early-on in Columbia. The Aggies outscored the Tigers 14-6 down low, while Missouri's 10 first-half turnovers led to seven A&M points.

Opening the second half with a 10-point deficit, the Tigers stormed back and cut the Aggie lead to one point with under eight minutes to play. Texas A&M maintained a slim lead ranging from two to four points as time wound down at Mizzou Arena.

Junior Jordan Clarkson helped key Missouri's second-half comeback, after scoring 11 of his 14 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Clutch free throws by Ross down the stretch, concluded a solid 24-of-30 (80-percent) night from the line for the Tigers.

Missouri closes out their 2013-14 schedule Saturday at Tennessee. The Tigers and Volunteers square off at Thompson-Boling Arena at 3:00 p.m. CT. ESPN will have the national broadcast.

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