Jimmy McKinney tries to drive around Sam Houston State's Jejuan Plair during Monday night's game.
Nov. 14, 2005
By Brandon Hoops
For the Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)- Ryan Bright hit a pair of 3-pointers late in the second half and finished with 28 points as Sam Houston State beat Missouri 80-77 Monday in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-off.
Bright's biggest basket was a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left that put the Bearkats up 76-71. He also hit a 3-pointer with 1:52 left that gave the Bearkats the lead for good.
Thomas Gardner hit a pair of 3-pointers for Missouri and Jimmy McKinney added another with under a minute left. The Tigers had a chance to send the game into overtime after Sam Houston's Jejuan Plair missed a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left, but Jason Horton's 3-pointer fell short as time ran out
Gardner finished with 23 points for the Tigers, and Marshall Brown added 20.
The Bearkats led by as many as 10 in the first half behind the shooting of Bright, last year's Southland Conference Freshman of the Year.
Gardner kept Missouri close by scoring eight straight points during a seven-minute span in the first half. Marcus Watkins cut the lead to 32-27 at the half when he rebounded his own miss and hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
It was Missouri's third appearance in the NIT Season Tip-off tournament. The Tigers lost in the first round of the 1998-1999 tournament and in the championship of the 1988-1989 tournament.
Mizzou Basketball To Face Arizona In 2014 EA...
The bracket for the 2014 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational was announced on Wednesday and Mizzou...
Mizzou Basketball Adds Top 50 Recruit Montaque ...
Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson added yet another four-star talent to his 2014...
Mizzou Basketball Announces The Hiring Of Paul ...
Mizzou Basketball Head Coach Kim Anderson added to his staff on Friday as Paul Rorvig, an...
Get To Know Wes Clark
Wes Clark is the lone returner for the Tigers in the backcourt this season after playing in 33...
Get To Know Tramaine Isabell
Tramaine Isabell comes to Columbia, Mo., after a winning a state title at Seattle's Garfield High...
Get To Know Ryan Rosburg
Missouri junior forward Ryan Rosburg is the most experienced Tiger on the club this year,...
Clarkson Shines For Lakers
Former Missouri Tiger Jordan Clarkson continues to shine as a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...
Tigers Supporting MU Children's Hospital
Missouri Basketball enjoyed a fun-filled Saturday at Mid-America Harley-Davidson. The Tigers...
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP