NC Central upsets Missouri 62-52

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Patrick Cole had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Pablo Rivas scored 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting to help North Carolina Central defeat Missouri 62-52 on Monday night.

North Carolina Central (4-2), a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, never trailed and led 24-20 at halftime. The Eagles seemed to stymie any momentum Missouri could muster over the course of its stagnant offensive performance.

It was the Tigers’ lowest scoring output since losing to then-No. 13 Arizona on Dec. 13, 2015.

Terrence Phillips led Missouri (3-3) with 17 points despite playing only 21 minutes due to foul trouble. The Tigers made 17 of 68 field-goal attempts, shooting 17.1 percent in the first half.

Phillips hit a 3-pointer to open the second half, but the Eagles answered with an 8-0 run and maintained momentum for the duration of the half. Missouri trailed 54-50 with 1:38 remaining, but the Eagles closed on an 8-2 run.