Missouri holds back South Carolina's late rally, wins 72-67
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Rosburg scored 18 points to lead Missouri to a 72-67 victory over South Carolina on Tuesday night.
Missouri (10-16, 3-10 Southeastern Conference) has won two straight while South Carolina (21-5, 8-5), which lost to No. 22 Kentucky on Saturday, has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Terrence Phillips added 15 points for Missouri.
Duane Notice had 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead South Carolina. Michael Carrera chipped in 14 for the Gamecocks.
Carrera scored seven points as part of a 16-4 run to give South Carolina a 65-64 lead with two minutes left. Phillips converted a 3-point play, and South Carolina's PJ Dozier made a jumper to tie it at 67-all with 1:48 left. Rosburg then split a pair of free throws and the Tigers closed on a 5-0 spurt to seal it.
Missouri took advantage of South Carolina's early shooting woes, building a 33-25 halftime lead as the Gamecocks shot 9 of 37 from the field in the first half. With 9:40 left in the first half, Namon Wright hit a 3-pointer in transition to give Missouri a 23-8 lead, its largest lead of the game.
Rosburg fouled South Carolina's Chris Silva, who sank two free throws, capping a 16-7 run for the Gamecocks to end the first half.
Wright, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, was just 2 of 7 from the field, but made all five free-throw attempts.
Tramaine Isabell and K.J. Walton added 10 points apiece for the Tigers. Isabell scored all of his points in the first half, while Walton added eight second-half points.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks ranked first in the SEC in offensive rebounding heading into the game, averaging 14.4 offensive rebounds per game. ... In all 12 of the Gamecocks' conference wins, either Carrera or Thornwell has led the team in scoring. ... Guard John Ragin has missed the last three games with an undisclosed illness.
Missouri: In an 80-71 loss at Alabama on Feb. 6, Kevin Puryear became the 12th freshman in school history to record at least 200 points and 100 rebounds in a debut season. ... Phillips had a career-high seven rebounds in a 75-64 win over Tennessee Feb. 13. ...The Tigers are now 10-0 when leading at halftime.
Missouri: Visits Arkansas Saturday.
South Carolina: Hosts Florida Saturday.