Sooners stunned in Missouri

DeMarre Carroll had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 15 Missouri wind up a perfect season at home and grab a share of second place in the Big 12 with a 73-64 victory over No. 4 Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

Leo Lyons added 15 points and J.T. Tiller had 13 for Missouri (25-5, 12-3), which went 18-0 at home after regaining its footing from a 25-point spanking at Kansas three days earlier. Missouri fans typically find their seats after the school’s first basket, but most in a raucous sellout crowd of 15,061 on senior night remained on its feet throughout.

Blake Griffin had 16 points and 21 rebounds, his nation-leading 24th double-double of the season, for Oklahoma (26-4, 12-3), which has lost three of four. Taylor Griffin added 14 points and eight rebounds, while the rest of the Sooners were a combined 12-for-40.

Missouri, which has won eight of nine overall, closes the regular season at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Oklahoma, which has lost six of seven to Missouri, finishes at home on Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Griffin, who missed 1 1/2 games with a concussion, hurt the Sooners’ chances for a comeback with three straight missed free throws in the second half. He finished 2-for-7 from the line and Oklahoma was 5-for-13 from there in the last 20 minutes.

The Sooners committed 22 turnovers, one off their season worst, and their point total was a season low.

Missouri beat its first top five team since defeating the Sooners 67-52 on Feb. 26, 2003, at the old Hearnes Center. Missouri led by as many as 15 points in the second half, and protected a lead that had been whittled to seven in the final 3 minutes.

Blake Griffin nearly had a double-double by halftime with 11 points and nine rebounds, but Missouri had a 39-28 lead behind a balanced attack and 6-for-14 3-point shooting. Carroll had nine points and seven rebounds and Missouri got an unexpected contribution from reserve Justin Safford, who hit his first two 3-pointers and had six points, doubling his scoring total from the previous five games.

Missouri’s start was a big switch from three days earlier when they came out tight, blew several layups and were down 45-19 and out of it by halftime at Kansas.


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