Tigers Hit 20 Win Mark Beating Texas 67-66

On Monday night in Austin, the #4 Missouri Tigers (20-2, 7-2)held on and withstood a Longhorn comeback and defeated the Texas Longhorns (13-9, 3-6) by the final score of 67-66.

On Monday night in Austin, the #4 Missouri Tigers (20-2, 7-2) defeated the Texas Longhorns (13-9, 3-6) by the final score of 67-66.

"It was one of those games,"  said Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith.  "Both teams were playing good defense."

With 1:11 remaining in the game, and Missouri milking a 65-62 lead, Michael Dixon committed a flagrant offensive foul by swinging an elbow to the face of Julien Lewis, the result of which allowed the Longhorns to grab their first lead since they had led 4-2 early in the first half.

Lewis made the two free throws, and J'Covan Brown hit a short jump shot to put Texas ahead 66-65.

Then, with 31 seconds on the clock, Dixon came back and made a driving left-handed lay-up high off of the glass to reclaim the lead for Missouri.

Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes took a time out and set up a play for the Longhorns' final possession.  Missouri came out of the time out in a zone defense that surrounded Brown, and forced him to give up the ball.  As time ran down, Myck Kabongo missed a short jumper from along the left baseline, and Marcus Denmon came up with the rebound.  He was fouled, but time had already expired, and Missouri had stolen yet another conference road game.

After Dixon nearly gave the game away, he atoned for his sins, capping off a remarkable offensive game in which he made 9 of 10 field goal attempts to score a game-high 21 points.

Phil Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe each chipped in with 13 points.  Steve Moore, Ratliffe, and Dixon each finished the game with 4 fouls.  Coach Haith managed the game brilliantly, utilizing his 7-man rotation, and on more than one occasion, taking a time out to re-organize his team, or to set up a play, or a defense.

"We were fortunate because we had so much foul trouble,"   explained Coach Haith.  "I thought we did a good job of managing it."

Brown led the Longhorns with 20 points.

The Tigers were out-rebounded 38-26, and Texas outscored Missouri 22-6 on second-chance points, and 38-34 in the paint.

Thanks to Dixon, Missouri shot 48% from the field, and the Tigers moved to within half a game of the league-leading Kansas Jayhawks, who will visit Mizzou Arena Saturday night.

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