TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Kassius Robertson scored 22 points to help Missouri
snap a three-game losing streak with a 69-60 victory over Alabama on Wednesday
Jontay Porter overcame foul trouble to score 13 points for the Tigers (14-8,
4-5 Southeastern Conference). Fresh from a win over No. 12 Oklahoma, the Crimson
Tide (14-8, 5-4) fell behind by double digits in the first half and had an
abysmal shooting performance after the break.
Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon scored 12 points and made all six shots before
fouling out with more than five minutes left. Robertson had four assists and
made 4 of 8 3-pointers.
Collin Sexton scored 23 points for Alabama despite a 7-of-16 shooting
performance. Dazon Ingram was the only other Tide player in double digits with
Alabama hit just 6 of 27 field goals in the second half (22.2 percent) after
dropping more than 50 percent in the first.
Porter's 3-pointer with 4:59 left pushed Missouri's lead to 65-56. Alabama made
enough defensive stops to produce a comeback, but couldn't cash in with baskets
on the other end. The Tide missed seven straight attempts down the stretch.
Alabama had whittled a 12-point Missouri lead down to 35-33 over the final five
minutes of the opening half. Sexton's 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the Tide
heading to the locker room in a better mood. The Tigers went seven minutes
without a field goal extending into the second half.
Missouri: Got a big win after three straight double digit losses. Had four
players with two fouls apiece before halftime, and Porter picked up his fourth
with 17:12 left.
Alabama: Blew a chance to move into a four-way tie for second in the SEC. Had
won five of six games to start looking like a strong NCAA Tournament candidate,
but had a rare poor performance at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide had been 4-0 at
home in SEC games.
Missouri hosts No. 21 Kentucky Saturday.
Alabama visits No. 23 Florida Saturday afternoon and plays four of its next six
games on the road.
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