Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Missouri advances to meet Florida Gators in SEC

Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson is fouled by Jordan Green. The Tigers are 40-of-53 at the line.


Missouri’s Jordan Clarkson is fouled by Jordan Green. The Tigers are 40-of-53 at the line.

ATLANTA — Missouri had to advance in the SEC tournament to have any hope of landing an NCAA Tournament bid.

Now, the Tigers have a chance to really pad their resume.

Jabari Brown scored 26, Earnest Ross added 24 and Missouri held off Texas A&M 91-83 in double overtime Thursday in the second round.

Next up: top-ranked Florida in the quarterfinals today.

"This is a good chance to showcase what we do," Ross said. "We want to leave it all on the court."

The Tigers (22-10) had quite a tussle against Texas A&M. The Aggies (17-15) rallied from nine down in the second half and forced another extra period when little-used senior Blake McDonald made a steal under the basket and flipped to Alex Caruso for the tying layup with eight seconds left in the first OT.

"We knew they weren't going to roll over," Brown said. "We knew we had to play hard for 40 minutes, and actually it took 50."

Missouri twice failed to get off a shot with chances to win the game in the closing seconds. But The Tigers finally wore down the Aggies, who had lost at Missouri 57-56 eight days earlier.

Brown and fellow guard Jordan Clarkson fouled out, but Johnathan Williams had four points and two of his game-high 15 rebounds in the second OT. Shane Rector, who didn't play through the first 45 minutes, contributed three points and two rebounds.

Caruso led Texas A&M with 28 points, hitting 5 of 9 3-pointers. Jamal Jones added 20 points.

Missouri outrebounded the Aggies 48-28 and was 40-of-53 at the free-throw line.

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy was disturbed by the disparity in free throws, noting that his team went 20-of-28.

"They shot 53 free throws," he said. "You've got to be kidding me. That's too many."

S. Carolina 71, Ark. 69: The Gamecocks (14-19) likely ended the Razorbacks' chances of making the NCAA Tournament. Arkansas (21-11) got beaten up on the boards and missed three shots in the final 33 seconds.

"In this setting, you've got to be on point," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "We had some mishaps down the stretch. If you're going to be a good team at this time of year, you've got to eliminate those plays."

Sindarius Thornwell scored 17 to lead the Gamecocks.

"Survive and advance," coach Frank Martin said. "That's all you're geared up to do this time of year."

Martin, who was suspended during the regular season after he berated one of his players with an obscenity filled tirade, barely said a word Thursday, watching his team control the lane and do a mostly solid job of dealing with Arkansas' pressing, trapping defense.

LSU 68, Alabama 56: Shavon Coleman scored 15, all on 3-pointers, and the Tigers (19-12) preserved their slim NCAA hopes. Tim Quarterman had 12 points and Johnny O'Bryant added 11 for LSU, which pulled ahead with a 13-0 run in the first half. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor and beyond the arc (11-of-22). LSU likely needs to win the tournament to make the NCAA field. The Tigers have an unimpressive RPI of 74, one spot behind Georgia. Trevor Releford and Shannon Hale both had 11 points to lead Alabama.

SEC tournament | Atlanta

First roundSecond roundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinalSemifinalsQuarterfinalsSecond roundFirst round
9 Texas A&M 8310 Alabama 56
8 Missouri7 LSU
8 Missouri 91 2OT1 today, ESPNU7 tonight, Ch. 387 LSU 68
12 Auburn 561 Florida2 Kentucky11 Vanderbilt 68
13 S. Carolina 711 Saturday, Ch. 283:15 Sunday, ESPN3:25 Saturday, Ch. 2814 Miss. St. 66
13 South Carolina 7413 S. Carolina6 Mississippi14 Miss. St. 82
5 Arkansas 693:25 today, ESPNU9:25 tonight, Ch. 386 Mississippi 78
4 Tennessee3 Georgia

Missouri advances to meet Florida Gators in SEC 03/13/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:25am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  2. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Illinois is recruiting a 10-year-old. Where will Lovie Smith be by the time the kid can sign?


    Today in ridiculous recruiting news, Lovie Smith's Illinois football team offered a scholarship to a 10-year-old.

  4. Rays series preview: Who are the Orioles?


    After an off day Thursday, the Rays remain at Tropicana Field for a three-game series against the AL East rival Orioles. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, left, has posted the highest ERA of his career this season, while catcher Welington Castillo, center, has slumped recently.
  5. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.