Tigers tame the Hurricanes

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Missouri opened the game with a 12-0 run and never trailed in their 93-80 win over Miami. The Tigers allowed the Hurricanes to climb back into the contest, but after opening the second half by outscoring the Canes 15-6, the Tigers cruised on their way to a first round win.

Kareem rush led the Tigers with 15 points, 13 coming in the second half.

It was all Missouri in the early stages with a variety of players getting involved. Four players scored in the opening run. Quinn Snyder went to his bench early and often in the first half, playing 10 players, with seven logging double figures in minutes.

With both teams shooting poorly, Miami was able to get back into the game and trailed by just six late in the half. The Hurricanes then went cold and Missouri was able to pad the lead, taking an eight point lead into the locker room.

The Tigers exploded to start the second half. Clarence Gilbert's three-pointer sealed the game, putting the Tigers up 58-43 mid way through the second half.

Missouri was ranked as high as No. 2 early in the season but fell to a 12 seed following an up and down season. The Tigers now continue the tradition of  success for the 12 seeds in the tournament. At least one 12 seed has now won 12 out of the last 13 tournaments.

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