Missouri 71

(9-4, 2-0 Big 12)

(22) Oklahoma 69

(9-4, 0-2 Big 12)

8:00 PM ET, January 10, 2006

Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

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MIZZ 32 3971
#22OKLA 33 3669

Top Performers

Missouri: M. Brown 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Blk

Oklahoma: T. Gray 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk

Brown's free throws on late foul lift Mizzou over Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Missouri's Marshall Brown knew the strengths of Oklahoma's frontcourt tandem of Taj Gray and Kevin Bookout and used them against the Sooners.

Brown scored a career-high 21 points, including the two free throws with 1.8 seconds left that lifted Missouri to its fifth straight victory, 71-69 over No. 22 Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

After having the ball knocked away by Terrell Everett, Missouri's Jimmy McKinney recovered it on the floor and passed to Brown in the left corner. Brown elevated for a 3-pointer and officials called Gray for a foul.

"He's a good shot blocker and I knew he had a run on me, so he was going to get a good jump and it was going to be hard for me to get a good look," Brown said.

"I just wanted to get him in the air and try to get a little contact. I drew contact, they called a foul and I got to the line."

In retrospect, Gray said he should have backed off and taken the chance of Brown making a difficult shot. Instead, he approached and his chin slammed into Brown's arm as he went up for the shot.

"When he shot it, he came across my chin, but they called a foul. A foul's a foul. You can't do much about that," Gray said.

Brown missed the first free throw before hitting the second and third. Everett, who also missed a layup at the end of Oklahoma's 59-58 loss to Nebraska on Saturday, bounced a desperation halfcourt shot off the backboard at the buzzer.

"We're three points away from being 2-0 in the league, but we're 0-2," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "... Our kids aren't getting a lot of breaks right now, but I think they're giving great effort."

Brown was 8-for-12 from the field and also had a career high with six rebounds, four on the offensive end.

"I think I'm a lot quicker than Taj Gray and Kevin Bookout, so I think they were playing soft on me a little bit, which gave me room to get my shot off," Brown said. "I was hitting my shot when I got the open looks."

Thomas Gardner, the Big 12's leading scorer at 19.9 points per game, added 21 points for Missouri (9-4, 2-0 Big 12), which overcame Oklahoma's 39-26 rebounding advantage to snap the Sooners' 10-game homecourt winning streak.

Gray, who scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, tied the game at 69 with two free throws with 34 seconds left to set up the Tigers' final possession.

Oklahoma (9-4, 0-2) had led most of the second half after Gray had a layup and a right-handed fast-break dunk in a spurt of six straight points that put the Sooners up 39-32.

Gardner and Matt Lawrence hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to pull Missouri within 45-43 and Kevin Young put the Tigers ahead with a layup and a tip-in of Lawrence's miss.

Nate Carter started a 13-6 run for Oklahoma with a three-point play, and Gray scored six points from the foul line to give the Sooners a 58-53 lead.

Missouri created the first of six ties down the stretch when Gray was called for goaltending on a floater in the lane by Jason Horton.

McKinney said the final play was drawn up for him but didn't go as planned.

"They played good defense on us. Somehow he got in the passing lane. He really grabbed my arm, but he got the ball loose," McKinney said. "I came up with the ball, I looked up and I was trying to find somebody. I found Marshall and Marshall did a great job by getting fouled.

"He was going to the boards, rebounding the ball and he was really keeping his composure and knocking down shots," McKinney added. "The shots that he was taking were good shots."

Everett, whose turnover led to a game-winning 3-pointer by Nebraska's Joe McCray three days earlier, added 11 points and Austin Johnson scored 10 for Oklahoma, which was ranked as high as No. 7 before a loss to West Virginia last month and has now lost two in a row.

Missouri's winning streak is its longest since a six-game run in Big 12 play in February 2004. The Tigers also won consecutive games in Norman for the first time since 1982-83 and are off to a 2-0 start in the Big for the first time in five seasons.

With Michael Neal, Oklahoma's top 3-point shooter, out for the second straight game with a groin injury, the Sooners were 3-for-16 from 3-point range, 0-for-7 in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 71 69
FG Made-Attempted 24-51 (.471) 24-58 (.414)
3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 3-16 (.188)
FT Made-Attempted 17-21 (.810) 18-21 (.857)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 7

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