Mizzou rebounds against Central Florida
COLUMBIA - Mizzou hoops defeated preseason American Athletic Conference favorite Central Florida in overtime Sunday afternoon by a final score of 64-62.
MU also edged UCF 62-59 last season on the Knights' home floor.
Last time out, the Tigers fell to Temple, another AAC team.
The Tigers went ahead 9-2 early on the strength of three makes from beyond the arc, but surrendered the lead midway through the first half during a 13-2 run by the Knights.
UCF led 27-21 after the Missouri offense shot just 23 percent in the first half, including a 7:31 scoring drought that ended with a Mitchell Smith tip-in just moments before the break.
Jeremiah Tilmon only played four minutes in the first half after committing two fouls early, but didn't commit another as he settled in to score 10 points in the second half and overtime.
Mizzou would go on to eventually take a 41-34 lead with 13 minutes remaining. The Tigers received some three-point aid with back-to-back threes from Jordan Geist and big man Mitchell Smith.
However, the Knights produced another run and found themselves leading 45-44 with 9:35 to play.
After a Terrell Allen three rimmed in, the Knights led 55-52 with just over a minute remaining. Javon Pickett then turned the ball over and the Tigers found themselves in a tough hole to climb out of.
Senior Jordan Geist then stole the UCF inbound play and laid it in, cutting the Tigers' deficit to one. MU forced another stop, but on the next possession, Pickett turned it over again when he couldn't get the ball in-bounded in time and UCF took over with 14 seconds remaining.
Aubrey Dawkins nailed a couple free throws to put UCF back up by three. The Tigers called time out and, on the ensuing possession, Geist nailed a contested three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 57 and force overtime.
The teams went back-and-forth until Tilmon sank a layup off a nifty spin-move in the post to give Mizzou a 64-62 lead with 36.7 to play. The score would hold from there as Collin Smith missed a half-court heave at the buzzer.
Mizzou out-rebounded a taller UCF front-court 33-32. Mizzou has outrebounded six of its first seven opponents to begin the season.
Mizzou shot 41 percent from three, an increase from the season average of 37.5 percent which ranked second in the SEC.
The Tigers will continue their home-stand Tuesday night with a matchup against UT-Arlington at 7 p.m.