BY: Mark Kim
ATLANTA – The Missouri Tigers escaped the Texas A&M Aggies in double overtime by a score of 91-83.
It was a physical match up as both teams combined for 59 fouls.
“That’s too many free throws whether we did it or not,” said Texas A&M head coach Bill Kennedy. “I didn’t see it. 53 free throws are too many to give up.”
One player that benefited from the free throws is Missouri guard Jabari Brown. Brown led the Tigers with 26 points while making 14-18 free throws on the day.
Another big factor in Missouri’s win was the Tiger’s rebounding. The Tigers out-rebounded the Aggies 48 to 28 (19 to 12 in offensive rebounds). Missouri freshman forward Jonathan Williams III was a catalyst for the Tigers’ rebounding game, pulling down 15 rebounds (eight offensive boards) while adding 11 points of his own.
“That Williams kid was too much to handle,” Kennedy said.
Missouri is already preparing for their next game against Florida tomorrow. Even despite playing over three hours of basketball, head coach Frank Haith knows that it won’t matter.
“No one is going to feel sorry for us.” Said Haith.
Senior guard Earnest Ross led the team with 48 minutes with Williams III (42 minutes) and junior guard Jordan Clarkson (39 minutes) second and third respectively.
Even with Florida being the #1 ranked team in the nation, Brown isn’t fazed by the Gators’ ranking.
“They had a real good regular season, but it’s a new season now,” Brown said.