Nov 27, 2019 4:06 AM

Tigers lose to Oklahoma 77-66 in Hall of Fame consolation game

Posted Nov 27, 2019 4:06 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brady Manek made sure Tuesday night was nothing like Monday night for Oklahoma.


With Manek, who scored 17 points, hitting four 3-pointers, Oklahoma scored 23 points in the first six minutes and beat Missouri 77-66 in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic.


The Sooners hit their first eight shots, including five 3-pointers. It was a stark contrast to their loss to Stanford a night earlier, when it took the Sooners six minutes to score a single point.


"We got off to a horrible start last night so this jumpstarted us tonight," head coach Lon Kruger said.


Austin Reaves scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners (6-1). Kristian Doolittle added 14 and Alondes Williams 12.


Mark Smith scored 18 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-3). Jeremiah Tilmon finished with 13 points and Torrence Watson had 11.


For the second straight game, Missouri was down 15-3 after four minutes of play.


"We really have to come out in the first five to seven minutes and play better," Smith said. "This loss will motivate us and we have to come back locked in for practice on Friday."


Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin blamed stagnant offense and defensive breakdowns as the main culprits for the slow starts.


"I think we dig ourselves these holes and then we say let's play defense," Martin said. "That's too hard to do against teams that score the ball."


Tilmon had a tip-slam to cut the deficit to 49-46 and get a Missouri heavy crowd back on their feet midway through the second half, but the Sooners used a 6-0 run late in the game to close the door on Missouri.


"Usually it comes down to making a shot or two," Kruger said. "Made some buckets and widen that margin out a bit."


It was a rough first three halves of the classic for Tilmon, who scored his first basket of the tournament with two minutes left in the first half. The junior averages the third most points this season for Missouri at 10 per game.


"He's a talented player and a physical guy," Martin said. "You take what they give you and I think it's simply that for him."


Missouri had 15 turnovers which turned into 15 points for Oklahoma.


"To bounce back from last night to battle a good Missouri team today and I thought our guys played well," Kruger said. "They came out and battled in the first half, but our guys hung tough."


BIG PICTURE


Oklahoma: After a sluggish start on Monday night, the Sooners started strong and held off a stingy Missouri team. They are in the midst of five straight games away from home.


Missouri: The Tigers didn't start the game well for the second straight game and it cost them. After the game, Martin said Xavier Pinson suffered a knee injury.


WE MEET AGAIN


This was the first time the two teams have met since Missouri left the Big 12 in 2012.


UP NEXT


Oklahoma goes to North Texas on Dec. 5.


Missouri has a week off before they host Charleston Southern Next Tuesday.


--- Associated Press ---

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Nebraska gets hammered by George Mason at Cayman Islands Classic

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Jamal Hartwell II scored a career-high 23 points and Jordan Miller had 20 and George Mason advanced to the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic with an 85-66 win over Nebraska on Tuesday night.


Javone Green added 17 points for the Patriots, who are 7-1 for the first time since 1983-84. Hartwell, who had five 3-pointers and six assists, also career bests, and Miller combined for 28 points in the second half. AJ Wilson pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked five shots to go with eight points.


In the second half George Mason made 7 of 12 behind the arc and shot 61%.


Nebraska (3-3) was within 67-60 with 7:49 to play. Then the Patriots hit 7 of 8 shots to break open the game with an 18-4 run. Nebraska hit just one 3-pointer among eight shots, plus a free throw and had three turnovers to end its three-game winning streak.


"This was a gratifying win for us. It was a great team victory," said Patriot head coach Dave Paulsen. "We kept them out of transition and I thought we defended really well. Our offense, against their pressure, wasn't perfect but I thought we distributed the ball well."


Dachon Burke led the Cornhuskers with 14 points but only had two in the second half. Haanif Cheatham added 13 points.


Hartwell and Greene scored 10 points apiece as the Patriots opened a 37-28 halftime lead. A 29-12 rebounding margin helped, including 11-2 on the offensive end. The teams combined for 24 turnovers.


A Green dunk tied the game at 16 and then the Patriots hit three 3-pointers, taking a 27-19 lead on Justin Kier's triple at the 7:22 mark. A 7-0 surge late in the half put George Mason up by 11.


"We did talk about the need, playing back-to-back game, to play with high energy," Paulsen said. "Was this the best game we've played this season? It feels like it. It certainly was a complete game, with our defensive energy and our offensive efficiency."


BIG PICTURE


George Mason: In addition to winning like they haven't in 35 years, the Patriots had their first-ever 5-0 start before losing to No. 6 Maryland.


Nebraska: The rebuilding Cornhuskers only returned 50 points from last season, but had scored at least 80 points in its three wins. Nebraska last won at in-season tournament in 2000, the San Juan Shootout.


UP NEXT


George Mason faces New Mexico State in the championship game on Wednesday.


Nebraska plays South Florida in the third-place game on Wednesday.


--- Associated Press ---