Key play: Negus Webster-Chan buried his first three-pointer with 6:40 remaining to give Missouri a 27-26 lead. It was the Tigers’ first lead since being up 2-0. He knocked down two more and had all of Mizzou’s three-pointers in the first half.
Key stat: When not much else was working, point guard Phil Pressey took it upon himself to score and had 13 of his 19 points before the break.
Key play: Laurence Bowers finished Pressey’s long pass with a slam, bringing the 10,054 fans to their feet.
Key stat: Offense flowed more smoothly after the break for the Tigers, who shot 59 percent from the floor (17 of 29).
• Of Missouri’s four scholarship freshmen, three played: Webster-Chan, forward Ryan Rosburg and forward Stefan Jankovic. Guard Dominique Bull did not play and remains a redshirt candidate.
• Haith said he watched every snap of the Tigers’ football victory over Tennessee, even when the overtime periods bled into game preparation.
“I was really excited,” Haith said. “That was about not giving up. James Franklin was great in the second half.”
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