No. 5 Florida vs. Missouri final score: Tigers chomp the Gators, 63-60

Joe Robbins

In a battle of two SEC teams likely headed to the NCAA Tournament, it was Mizzou that came away with the big victory in Columbia.

The Missouri Tigers picked up their biggest win of the season on Tuesday night, defeating the No. 5 Florida Gators by a score of 63-60 in front of a packed house at Mizzou Arena.

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Mizzou trailed by double-digits midway through the second half. A hot shooting performance led by Laurence Bowers brought the Tigers back into the game in the final minutes. Then, with 2:51 remaining, MU took the lead on a Phil Pressey layup.

Bowers hit a jumper with 1:19 left to give his team the 61-60 edge. Florida would miss its next two shot attempts. Keion Bell secured a rebound for the Tigers, and then hit two free throws to go up 63-60 with three seconds on the clock. Mike Rosario got a decent look from the corner for the Gators, but his shot sailed long as the buzzer sounded.

Bowers, who missed the first meeting between these two teams, led the Tigers with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Pressey made a couple of poor decisions down the stretch but still managed to score seven points and dish out 10 assists.

Florida was led by Mike Rosario, who had a team-high 14 points. Kenny Boynton added 11, while Michael Frazier II had 10 off the bench.

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