Tigers take out Sooners in overtime

With the prospect of dropping to 6-7 with a game against Texas on Tuesday, Missouri responded with an impressive overtime win at Oklahoma.

It's seemed so many times this season that Missouri could have used just five more minutes, and perhaps it could have pulled out some of its six losses this season.

On Saturday, the Tigers got just that, and they took advantage.

After Oklahoma's Drew Lavender missed a jumper at the end of regulation, Missouri used a seven-point run to start overtime to beat No. 11 Oklahoma 79-75.

Once again, Missouri avoided dropping below .500 and improved to 7-6 with a home game against Texas on Tuesday.

Missouri, which trailed by as much as 12 in the second half, made 14 of 16 free throws in overtime to seal the win. Oklahoma, which started fouling Missouri with 2 minutes left in overtime, got as close as three, but Missouri's accurate free-throw shooting kept the Sooners out of reach.

Rickey Paulding led Missouri with 23 points, including a 3-pointer to cap Missouri's seven-point run in overtime to go ahead 65-58.

An intense Quin Snyder (AP Photo)

Behind forward Linus Kleiza, who finished with 13 points, Missouri battled back from a 40-28 deficit with 15 minutes left. The Tigers took their first lead of the second half with a Travon Bryant 3-pointer to make it 50-49.

From there, the game was tied at 52, 54, 56 and ultimately at 58 when Kleiza made two of three free throws with 31.3 seconds left. The Sooners waited for the last shot, and Lavender missed from just inside the 3-point line.

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