And then it was the best of times again.
After losing a 9-point lead in the last four minutes of regulation, Missouri (14-10, 8-5 Big 12) made the shots it needed to, and then the final margin came down to two free throws made by Arthur Johnson with 30.3 seconds left.
Johnson and senior Rickey Paulding finally looked like the players many expected them to be coming into the season. Paulding scored 31 points, 18 of them in the first half, and Johnson scored 29, with nine coming in the two overtimes.
Johnson made two free throws with 38 seconds left in regulation to put Missouri up 73-71, but Ivan McFarlin scored with 9.3 seconds left to tie it, and then Thomas Gardner missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
But Gardner more than redeemed himself in the second overtime. With the Tigers trailing 82-79 with 30 seconds left, Jason Conley ran down and fired up a 3-pointer that missed off the rim. Gardner took down the rebound, dribbled behind the 3-point line on the left wing, and then made a 3-pointer to tie it with 22.4 seconds left. Lucas' runner at the buzzer hit on the rim twice and fell off.