Lipscomb upends Missouri 81-76 as Tigers falter late

Nathan Moran shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range and led all scorers with 22 points to help Lipscomb defeat Missouri 81-76 Thursday.

It’s the Bisons’ first win over a Power-5 opponent since 2008.

Garrison Matthews had 16 points and six rebounds despite fouling out with 2:09 remaining, and Josh Williams and Rob Marberry scored 14 points apiece for Lipscomb (7-9).

Jordan Geist led the way for Missouri (5-7), scoring 18 points in his first start for the Tigers, including 12 in the first half.

Jordan Barnett scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in his first collegiate start, and Kevin Puryear finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Barnett, a St. Louis native who transferred from Texas in the middle of last season, had 10 points and nine rebounds in the second half.

“The bottom line of this is you’ve got to make shots,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. “I could sit here and draw up plays and do everything else, but at some point, we’ve just got to have that confidence to step up and make shots.”

Missouri’s free-throw shooting offset its otherwise poor offensive performance in the first half. The Tigers made 15-of-18 free-throw attempts but shot just 36 percent from the field, including 27.3 percent from 3-point range. Geist was the only hot hand for Missouri, shooting 3-for-4 in the first half, including 2 of 3 3-pointers.

The Bisons had a 41-36 halftime lead and led for 31:32. Missouri crashed the boards in the second half, outrebounding Lipscomb 28-17 and using the extra possessions to mount a 13-4 run, eventually taking a…

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