Zags outlast Missouri in overtime

They called it the "Battle in Seattle," and it certainly was a battle down to the end, but No. 3 Missouri couldn't overcome its shooting woes in overtime, and Gonzaga handed the Tigers their first loss of the season.

With a chance at moving even farther up the polls and perhaps putting some of the latest distractions behind it, No. 3 Missouri didn't have enough to outlast Gonzaga on Saturday in Seattle.

Two offensive fouls by Rickey Paulding late in overtime gave the No. 17 Bulldogs room to break open a one-point game and win 87-80 at Key Arena.

Paulding led Missouri with 23 points. After starting slow, Paulding came alive in the second half. He hit two 3-pointers to put Missouri ahead 62-61 with less than five minutes left in regulation.

Missouri built a 67-62 after a 15-3 run, but Gonzaga fought back to go ahead 73-70 in the last minute, but Paulding hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 73 with 10 seconds left and sent the game into overtime.

Freshman forward Linus Kleiza carried the Tigers early, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half. He added 13 rebounds, with most of them in the first half while Travon Bryant said with two fouls.

Missouri shot only 34 percent, with Paulding making only eight of his 29 attempts and Arthur Johnson shooting 3-for-10.


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