• Key play: A three-pointer by Arkansas forward Coty Clarke cut the Razorbacks’ deficit to 29-28 with two minutes left, but two free throws by Missouri guard Phil Pressey — and an underhand, cross-court flip to Earnest Ross for a layup — helped the Tigers take a 33-29 lead into the break.
• Key stat: Missouri dominated the boards in the first half, outrebounding Arkansas 27-15.
• Key play: With Missouri trailing 72-71 with 13 seconds, Arkansas forward Coty Clarke stole the ball from Pressey and effectively ended Missouri’s comeback hopes.
• Key stat: Missouri shot two-for-14 from three-point range and 39.7 from the field for the game.
A cold-shooting day
Aside from Keion Bell, who had another sparkling game Saturday, Missouri’s starting five struggled mightily from the field. Senior forward Laurence Bowers (two points), senior forward Alex Oriakhi (seven points), junior guard Phil Pressey (nine points) and junior guard Jabari Brown (eight points) combined to shoot 7 of 32 (21.8 percent from the field).
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, who recruited Pressey and Bowers to Mizzou, said he could tell the emotions of the game may have affected them.
“It was an emotional game … but the thing about that is, I don’t play the game,” Anderson said. “And I just thought I could see with Phil and Laurence, you could see the emotions maybe kind of hit them a little bit.”
• Arkansas sophomore guard B.J. Young said he could see a rivalry developing between the two schools.
“They just joined the family this year,” Young said. “I think it’s going o be a bigger game that people look forward to every year. Missouri, Arkansas, right down the road from each other. I think this could turn into a rivalry game.”
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org