Terrence Phillips (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Mizzou Hoops Loses to Xavier in OT

Missouri loses to Xavier 83-82 in OT despite strong games from Terrence Phillips, Frankie Hughes and Kevin Puryear.

The Missouri basketball team had a golden opportunity to earn an impressive early-season upset on Thursday against No. 11 Xavier.

The Tigers got big games from Terrence Phillips, Frankie Hughes and Kevin Puryear but couldn’t pull out a win against the Musketeers in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational. 

Xavier’s Edmund Sumner made a free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the 11th-ranked Musketeers an 83-82 win over the Tigers. 

"I thought we fought all the way to the end," Missouri coach Kim Anderson told reporters. "You’ve got to give Xavier credit. They made the plays down the stretch but I was real proud of our guys the way they responded to runs and the way they kept themselves in the game and really had a chance to win."

Missouri (1-1), which will play Davidson at 10:30 a.m. CT on Friday, led 82-80 with :19 seconds remaining in overtime but couldn’t close it out. Xavier (3-0) made three free throws in the final 18 seconds to win it, with Sumner sinking the game-winner after being fouled by Phillips on a pass.

Phillips, Hughes and Puryear all had huge games for Missouri.

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Phillips, a sophomore point guard, had a career-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes. Hughes scored a game-high 24 points in 41 minutes, becoming the first freshman in school history to record back-to-back 20 point games in his first two games. Puryear, a sophomore forward, had 22 points, sinking 11 of 12 free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds in 40 minutes.

The Tigers shot 41.5 percent from the field (27 of 65) and 30.8 percent from behind the 3-point line (eight of 26). Hughes made eight of 20 shot attempts, including five of 13 on 3-pointers.

After a slow start Missouri led by as many as 10 points — with 6:25 remaining — in the first half and took a 38-36 lead into halftime. 

Xavier, which got 19 points apiece from Sumner and J.P. Macura, led 71-69 with 31 seconds left in regulation before Missouri tied the score with two free throws from Puryear with 12 seconds remaining. 

Mizzou trailed by five in overtime before Phillips hit a 3-pointer and two free throws and Hughes made a layup to give the Tigers an 80-78 lead. After a Xavier basket, Phillips made a layup with 1:03 remaining to put Missouri back in front 82-80.

Xavier, which advances to face Clemson on Friday, took back the lead and won the game with three late free throws.

“I don’t know if I’d say we had them on the ropes but we were certainly in a position to win the game at times," Anderson said. "That’s a good basketball team and certainly youth figures into it for us. I thought we made some good plays but unfortunately there were a couple of plays toward the end that weren’t good.”

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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