Murray State 55

(2-1, 0-1 away)

Missouri 59

(3-3, 3-2 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 28, 2004

    Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri

    1 2 T
    MURR 26 2955
    MIZZ 27 3259

    Top Performers

    Murray St: T. Pearson 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 6 Stl

    Missouri: J. McKinney 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Missouri 59, Murray State 55

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Jimmy McKinney scored 12 points and Jason Conley added 11, leading Missouri to a 59-55 victory over Murray State on Sunday.

    Thomas Gardner had 10 points for the Tigers (3-3), whose win in the newly-renamed Mizzou Arena broke a three-game losing streak.

    After a 12-2 run gave Murray State (2-1) a 46-39 lead with 7:55 left, Missouri responded with an 16-4 rally for a 55-50 lead.

    Conley scored the Tigers' first eight points in the run, and McKinney hit a 3-pointer with 4:55 left to put the Tigers up 50-48.

    Trey Pearson hit a 3-pointer with 1:12 to go, getting Murray State within two points, and Conley committed a turnover on Missouri's next possession. The Blue Racers were unable to convert, however, and Missouri sealed its win with free throws from McKinney, Conley and Jason Horton.

    The Tigers, who struggled from the field in losses to Creighton and Houston in last week's Guardian Classic, hit six of their first eight shots to take a 17-5 lead. Murray State was 2-for-10 over that span, including 1-for-6 from long range.

    But after Linas Kleiza's 3-pointer with 10:47 left in the half gave the Tigers a 20-5 lead, Missouri went scoreless until Kevin Young's layup with 3:02 to go.

    The Blue Racers went on a 13-0 run during the Tigers' slump and trailed by a point, 27-26, at the half.

    Pearson led Murray State with 16 points and Issian Redding added 15.

    Mizzou Arena was previously named Paige Sports Arena after Elizabeth Paige Laurie, the daughter of Missouri donors Bill and Nancy Laurie. The name change came Friday, after nationally televised allegations that Paige Laurie paid another student to complete her assignments at the University of Southern California.

    The Laurie family donated $25 million toward the construction of the arena but agreed on Tuesday to drop its naming rights.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 59
    FG Made-Attempted 22-60 (.367) 21-47 (.447)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-18 (.278) 8-20 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-10 (.600) 9-23 (.391)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 15

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