Brown’s late free throws lead Missouri past Oklahoma
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Marshall Brown went 2-of-3 from the charity
stripe with 1.8 seconds left in the game after being fouled on a three-point
attempt, as the Missouri Tigers upset the 22nd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 71-69,
at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Brown finished the game with 21 points, a career-high, and Thomas Gardner
netted 21 for Missouri (9-4, 2-0 Big-12), which has won five straight games.
Brown added six rebounds in the victory.
Taj Gray led Oklahoma (9-4, 0-2) with 19 points and seven rebounds but
committed the foul late that put Brown on the line to cost his team. Terrell
Everett chipped in 11 points with seven boards and seven assists in defeat.
The loss was the Sooners first on home court in eight games this season and
second in a row overall after dropping a heartbreaking 59-58 decision at
Nebraska on Saturday, snapping a three-game win streak.
With the game tied up at 65-65, Brown drove hard to the net and put in a layup
that put the Tigers up two with 1:22 to play. Two free throws by Gray tied the
game up at 69-69 with 34 seconds left to go in the game.
With Missouri holding for one last shot, Gray fouled Brown on an attempt from
beyond the arc and put him on the line for three shots with only 1.8 seconds
remaining in regulation.
Brown’s first attempt came up short, but he drained the next two to put the
Tigers up 71-69.
“I never even thought about it,” Brown said. “I knew I was going to hit my
free throws. I think I’m a good free throw shooter and whenever I get to the
line I think I’m going to knock them down.”
With no time outs remaining, Oklahoma inbounded the ball to Everett,
whose desperation shot from half court caromed off the backboard.
“We have to play smarter. We have to learn how to handle pressure and play
smarter and we’ll win those games,” Gray said.
The Sooners led 33-32 after the opening 20 minutes of action and shot 46.4
percent from the field. Oklahoma also held a 21-9 advantage in rebounds at the
Oklahoma led for the majority of the second half until Gardner drilled a
three-pointer that was followed by a layup by Jason Horton to even the score
Missouri is now 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since the 1998-99
season…The Tigers finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field and
17-of-21 from the free throw line…Gardner was 4-of-12 from three-point
range…The Sooners outrebounded Missouri 39-26 for the game…Oklahoma is now
8-3 in Big 12 home openers under head coach Kelvin Sampson.