Boddicker's shot falls, and so does Missouri in OT

For 21 seconds, it seemed Missouri was all but destined to take out its second consecutive ranked team. But Texas' Brian Boddicker received a fortunate bounce, and he took advantage with a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime and give the Longhorns the chance to go on to a win.

When Rickey Paulding went over three Longhorns for a dunk to put Missouri ahead three, it should have been over.

When Texas passed it around the perimeter until there were 12 seconds left, it should have been over.

When Arthur Johnson block Royal Ivey's runner, it should have been over.

But it wasn't.

Johnson's block bounced straight to Texas forward Brian Boddicker, who made a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds left on the clock to forced overtime, and then Longhorns made all of their overtime free throws to come out of Hearnes Center with a 75-69 win.

"We were in position to win this game," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "It was a tough break. I never thought I'd be disappointed to see A.J. block a shot."

Unlike flat-out bad losses like last week's bummer against Syracuse, Missouri had done almost everything right to beat No. 14 Texas, but Boddicker's falling down 3-pointer changed all of that.

With Missouri ahead one, Paulding drove the baseline and put down a dunk through traffic to give the Tigers a 61-58 lead with 58 seconds left. Texas came back down and then the Longhorns took turns passing around the perimeter until Ivey went in the lane for a runner. That's when his shot met Johnson's massive right hand.

"I beat it up," Johnson said. "I beat it right back to Boddicker, though."

Boddicker fell down as he shot it, but there was little doubt as it left his hand.

"I just looked up and he was shooting it, and I watched it go in," Johnson said.

Missouri (7-7) came back and went to Paulding, but his 3-pointer went off the rim, and Missouri went to its second consecutive overtime game, but unlike the first one, the Tigers could not get a run going, especially with the officials calling the game airtight.

Once Texas took a 69-67 lead, Missouri could not get back, especially with Paulding having an uncharacteristically horrible night shooting free throws. He made only 6-of-12 for the game, including 2-of-4 in overtime, but he did lead the team with 20 points.

"For whatever reason, it just wasn't going in," Paulding said. "It's not going in, so you kinda think about it, and you try not to think about it, but you want to make the big shot. I wish it wouldn't have happened tonight."

Meanwhile, Ivey, a 57 percent free-throw shooter, made 6-of-6 in overtime, and the Longhorns made 10-of-10. Ivey also made two shots in the lane in the final 1:08, which cemented the win for Texas (12-2).

"We had a free-throw shooting contest in overtime that we lost," Snyder said. "Sometime breaks don't go your way."

You gotta keep coming. Nothing's being given to us right now, and you gotta overcome some of those things. We just have keep working to being better, but I like what I saw from my team."

Missouri forced Texas, the nation's highest-scoring team, to shoot only 31.3 percent in the first half and 40.9 percent for the game. The Tigers' defense was just another part of the game overshadowed by Boddicker's big shot, one that sent Missouri back to .500 at the halfway point of the season.

"We defended well, but that was a tough bounce," freshman guard Thomas Gardner said.


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