University of Missouri

Missouri notes: Tigers hope to build off streak-busting victory

Namon Wright, who scored 28 points against Florida on Tuesday, and Missouri finally got to enjoy a victory.
Namon Wright, who scored 28 points against Florida on Tuesday, and Missouri finally got to enjoy a victory. The Associated Press

Missouri was already looking forward after snapping a 13-game losing streak Tuesday with a 64-52 win over Florida at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers were still riding high after their first win since Jan. 8, but also were focused on building off the victory.

“We’re going to try our best to play like we did tonight and finish the season strong,” said MU freshman Namon Wright, who scored a career-high 28 points.

It’s the ninth time a Missouri freshman has scored at least 25 points in a game.

“Obviously, Namon had a tremendous night, but we executed well and I think he would tell you he got shots because other guys helped him get shots,” first-year MU coach Kim Anderson said.

But the Tigers aren’t satisfied with snapping the longest losing skid in program history.

Keeping that momentum going Saturday at Georgia already is the goal.

“There’s still a lot of games left,” Anderson said. “There’s still a chance to finish on a strong note.”

As refreshing as it was to win, Anderson isn’t worried Missouri is going to get a big head after its first win in 47 days.

“I don’t think that will be a problem,” Anderson said. “It’s not like this put us in the NCAA Tournament or something. … Maybe these guys tomorrow can walk around campus and take their hats off, not have their ski masks over their face and be proud of what they accomplished.”

First half

Key play: Florida freshman Devin Robinson knifed down the lane and elevated over Missouri senior Keanau Post for a vicious one-handed jam in the closing minutes as the Gators surged into the lead.

Key stat: Wright was five of seven from the field and had 12 points, but the rest of the Tigers were five of 19 overall.

Second half

Key play: Missouri had surged into the lead, but freshman Jakeenan Gant’s transition slam off an alley-oop pass from senior Keith Shamburger brought the crowd of 7,631 to its feet.

Key stat: Missouri was 15 of 19 from the free-throw line in the second half, compared to Florida’s seven-of-18 performance at the line.

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