Missouri, a team that has been defined by bad outside shooting all season long, figured out how to win against a tough Oklahoma team from inside. Mizzou scored 50 of their 68 points from the paint against probably the best front line in the Big 12 Conference.
Kleiza also led the Tigers rebounding parade with 13 boards. The Tigers outrebounded the Sooners overall 35 to 30.
Missouri also had 20 assists vs. 7 assists for Oklahoma.
Many of the other stats from today's game pointed to why Oklahoma almost pulled out the victory. The Sooners were 14-18 from the free throw line, while Missouri was 5-12. Oklahoma shot a better percentage from three-point arc as well 5-15 vs. 5-18.
The win was a critical moment for the Tigers after suffering a five-game losing streak.
Perhaps in the end, Missouri needed this win and wanted this win more than Oklahoma. Nothing told the story more than seeing Missouri's assistant coaches sitting on the Tigers bench with their arms interlocked in a sign of solidarity during overtime.
"We were willing to do anything to give the team as much mojo as possible," said assistant coach Jeff Meyer after the game.