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
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.