Senior guard Zaire Taylor lived up to his nickname in Missouri's overtime win against Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Taylor earned the title "Big Shot" for his game-winning shots the past two seasons and was at it again in Ames, Iowa, as he beat the Cyclones with a banker high off the glass to give Missouri a 69-67 win.
The Tigers improved to 22-8 overall and 10-5 in the Big 12.
Another banker he made to tie the game at 61 with 18 seconds left in regulation as time expired made Taylor's game-winning shot possible. The senior finished with only six points on 3-of-10 shooting, but Taylor found a way to make his points count.
At times, it looked as though Missouri would be upset by the Cyclones, as Iowa State gave Missouri all it could handle. The game was close all the way through; the score was tied at halftime and neither team had a lead greater than four points.
Near the end of overtime, the Cyclones looked poised to take the lead. After Taylor tied the game at 67 with 11 seconds left, Iowa State was on a fast break but threw the ball away with 6.1 seconds to go. The stage was set for Taylor's heroics.
Iowa State had five players score in double digits, led by senior forward Marquis Gilstrap who scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Junior forward Craig Brackins also put up a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
As for Missouri, senior guard J.T. Tiller put up 17 points and sophomore guard Marcus Denmon 16 points as Missouri shot 43.9 percent from the field.
The Missouri women's basketball team fell to 11-17 on the season Wednesday night with a loss at Texas. The No. 18-ranked Longhorns handed the struggling Tigers their 10th-straight loss.
Missouri now falls to 1-14 in Big 12 play, likely its worst conference showing since women's basketball became a sport at the school in 1974. And with just one game left until the postseason, the Tigers will have to use the Big 12 Tournament to turn things around.
The Longhorns earned a first half lead after the Tigers scored 10 points in the first 12 minutes of the contest. Texas had a sizeable 14-point advantage at the break, headed by junior guard Brittainey Raven.
Missouri kept up in the second half, but could not dent the early deficit. Raven led all scorers with 13 points as Texas coasted to the 60-41 victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was senior forward Jessra Johnson and junior forward Shakara Jones, who each tallied 10 points. Senior forward Amanda Hanneman was held scoreless for the first time this season.
Two players barely breaking double figures were not enough for Missouri to compete. The Tigers shot 32-percent from the field on the night and posted a 1-of-14 mark from long-distance.
This will be the third-straight year less than .500 overall for women's basketball. As for Big 12 play, the Tigers have won seven of their past 47 conference games in that time span.
The Tigers return home to close out the regular season 1 p.m. Sunday against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are coming off a loss to Baylor, the only team Missouri has beaten in conference play.
The Tigers' Wednesday doubleheader at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville was postponed until April 13.