Mark Smith scores 18 but Tigers fall to Sooners in KC
KANSAS CITY, MO- Austin Reaves had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Brady Manek contributed 17 points and Oklahoma hold off Missouri 77-66 in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday night.
Kristian Doolittle scored 14 points and Alondes Williams added 12 as the Sooners led wire-to-wire.
The Sooners (6-1) hit their first eight shots, including five 3-pointers, four of which came from Manek. Oklahoma was only able to hit three more 3s the rest of the game. Mark Smith scored 18 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-3). Jeremiah Tilmon finished with 13 points and Torrence Watson had 11.
Tilmon had a tip-slam to cut the deficit to 49-46 and get a Missouri heavy crowd back on their feet midway through the second half, but the Sooners used a 6-0 run late in the game to close the door on Missouri.
It was a rough first three halves of the classic for Tilmon, who scored his first basket of the tournament with two minutes left in the first half. The junior averages the third most points this season for Missouri at 10 per game.
The Sooners shot 47% while holding the Tigers to 44%. Missouri had 15 turnovers which turned into 15 points for Oklahoma
This was the first time the two teams have met since Missouri left the Big 12 in 2012.
Missouri has a week off before they host Charleston Southern next Tuesday.