DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) -- Ian Johnson had 23 points and 10 rebounds
to lead Davidson to an 82-73 victory over Missouri on Wednesday
Brendan Winters added 17 points for the Wildcats (4-2), who won
their 11th straight home game and beat Missouri for the second
Thomas Gardner scored a career-high 30 points, including eight
3-pointers, for the Tigers (2-3), who were outrebounded 46-35 as
they lost their fourth straight road game dating to last season.
After trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Jimmy
McKinney, who played in his 100th consecutive game, hit a jumper
with 4:40 left to get Missouri within 71-62. But Davidson answered
by going back inside to Johnson, who hit a shot in the paint.
The Tigers got no closer than seven points the rest of the way,
spoiling the return to North Carolina for Missouri coach Quin
Snyder. The former Duke player was a Blue Devils assistant for five
seasons under Mike Krzyzewski before taking the Missouri job seven
Missouri missed its first six shots as Davidson raced to a 10-1
lead on Kenny Grant's two free throws. The Tigers, who started
1-for-12 from the field, fell behind 21-4 on Boris Meno's layup
with 10:46 left.
The Wildcats continued to pound it inside, with Meno's basket
making it 25-7. Johnson's layup with 4:39 to go put Davidson ahead
32-14 and forced Snyder to call his third timeout of the half.
Thomas Sanders' tip-in with 1 second left gave Davidson a 40-24