Missouri and North Carolina Central kicked off their game at Mizzou Arena in a slow fashion offensively, but pulled through to win the game 62–52 over the Tigers on Nov. 28. Although the score remained in single digits well into the first half, the Missouri defense was attacking the Eagles on the other end, forcing eight turnovers. After scoring 20 points in the first 20 minutes, the Tigers trailed by four going into halftime. Though the offense picked up during the second half, Missouri continued to struggle shooting, ending the game at 25 percent from the floor and 55 percent from the free throw line.
Freshman guard Frankie Hughes, 3, moves past North Carolina Central forward Will Ransom while jumps for a layup.
While grasping possession of the ball, North Carolina Central senior guard Dajuan Graf, 10, trips forward as sophomore Missouri guard K.J. Walton, 11, falls behind on defense.
With the arena hushed, freshman forward Mitchell Smith, 5, shoots a free throw. The Tigers shot 55 percent from the line against North Carolina Central.
A Rally for Rhyan sign sits on the press conference table after the game concludes. The fundraiser was originally started last fall for assistant coach Brad Loos’s daughter, Rhyan Loos, whose recent surgery removed a tumor from her brain.
North Carolina Central senior guard Patrick Cole, 11, shoots unguarded from behind the arch. The redshirt senior earned 17 points in his 40 minutes of play.
Sophomore forward Adam Wolf, 32, pulls up for a jumper with a North Carolina Central hand in his face. After 40 minutes of play, the Tigers’ shot attempts summed up to only 25 percent shooting from the field.
Beating out his defenders, freshman forward Mitchell Smith, 5, skies above the rim to lay the ball in.