With under 6 minutes remaining, Missouri freshman forward Johnathan Williams III lobbed a pass from the top of the key to the right block for sophomore forward Ryan Rosburg, who had sealed off two Northwestern defenders and finished an easy layup. Rosburg matched his career high of nine points with the basket.
Missouri missed all seven three-point tries, and Northwestern went seven for 14 on threes in taking a 39-34 halftime lead. The Tigers also missed five free throws.Second half
Less than a minute into the second half, Missouri junior Jordan Clarkson connected on a game-tying three-pointer. It was Missouri’s first and helped ignite a second-half rally.
Missouri opened the second half on a 14-0 run, turning that five-point halftime deficit into a 48-39 lead. Williams scored eight of his career-high 14 points during the spurt.Rosburg strong inside
It took fewer than 15 minutes Saturday for Rosburg to match his career high of nine points. He then blew right on by, finishing with 14 points and three rebounds in a 78-67 victory.
Returning to the bench from a five-game NCAA suspension, Tigers coach Frank Haith said Tuesday he wanted to get his interior players more involved on offense — a message Rosburg clearly took to heart.
Rosburg, who reached double figures for the first time in his career with 18:22 remaining in the second half, displayed an array of post moves seldom seem from him — up-and-under moves, reverse pivots, finger rolls and a few thunderous dunks as well.