No. 22 Missouri vs. South Carolina final: Tigers escape at home

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It's been a tough few weeks for Missouri, but it would have been a lot worse if they hadn't survived an upset bid by Frank Martin's Gamecocks on Tuesday.

With leading score Laurence Bowers no closer to returning from a knee injury, Missouri lost by 29 points at Florida while their head coach became the focus of an NCAA investigation in the last week.

If they had lost a home game to perennial SEC bottom-feeder on South Carolina on Tuesday, it would have been time for a full-fledged panic in Columbia.

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Instead, thanks to some clutch three-point shooting late, Missouri survived with a 71-65 win over the Gamecocks. With Frank Martin's team pressing, the Tigers got three pointers from Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown in the game's final two minutes to seal the win.

Phil Pressey had one of his worst games all season, scoring only 6 points on 2-of-8 shooting while spending most of the game in foul trouble. What saved the Tigers was their work from their free-throw line, as they got 28 points from the charity stripe against a South Carolina team that couldn't match their size and athleticism upfront.

Missouri only has two more ranked opponents on their schedule the rest of the season, but after the way they played on Tuesday at home, they shouldn't take any game for granted.

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