The University of Missouri men’s basketball secured an overtime victory over UCF on Sunday afternoon, with a final score of 64-62. Senior guard Jordan Geist came up clutch for head coach Cuonzo Martin, hitting a fadeaway three at the buzzer to force the game into OT.
Geist finished with a team-high 18 points, knocking in five of his eight attempted three balls. Freshman guard Javon Pickett played the best game of his young career, pouring in 13 points, grabbing four rebounds, and nabbing two steals.
The Tigers improve to 4-3 with the victory, snapping a two-game losing streak. With the win, Mizzou remains undefeated against UCF, holding a 2-0 edge all time. Those two wins have come by a combined five points.
A 7-0 run for the Tigers in the final minutes of the second half helped them establish a 52-48 lead over the Knights and brought Mizzou fans to their feet. The teams continued to battle in the final minutes, when a Geist steal under the basket followed by a nifty, reverse layup cut the UCF lead to just one with under 40 seconds left to go.
UCF would make two free throws on the next possession, extending their lead back to three points. The Tigers got the ball across half court and called time. After the stop in play, Geist hoisted up a three-pointer at the buzzer and drained it to send the game to OT tied at 57.
The teams exchanged the lead back and forth in the extra period, with neither team leading by more than three points. An extended possession for Mizzou with two minutes on the clock ended in a put-back for sophomore forward Jeremiah Tilmon to give the Tigers both the lead and the momentum. The Knights called a timeout with 36.7 seconds on the clock, but a scramble by the Tiger defense forced a turnover to give Mizzou the ball with 12.8 seconds left. A last second shot attempt by UCF hit the backboard and the rim, but it narrowly missed, securing the Tiger victory.
- Geist led the Tigers with 18 points and was 5-of-8 from behind the arc. His five three-pointers tied his career-high.
- Geist’s 18 points put him in double digits for the fourth straight game.
- Pickett tallied a career-high 13 points.
- Redshirt sophomore forward Mitchell Smith played his best career game against UCF, putting together a nine-point, seven-rebound effort, both of which are career highs. Smith also hit on two big three-pointers in the game, the first time in his career he has hit multiple times from beyond the arc.
- Tilmon notched 10 points in the game, his fourth time in double figures in seven games so far this season.