Missouri got revenge for its previous loss to Georgia without Jeremiah Tilmon.
It wasn’t easy. Missouri built a lead only to once again see it slip away. If you have followed the Tigers this season, you were concerned in the second half that we were watching another game slip away. But the Tiger didn’t let this one get away. They pulled out a 73-70 win to advance to a quarterfinal game against Arkansas.
The first half was hard to watch. Neither team was able to settle in on offense. It was not good defense, but rather poor shot selection for both teams quite often. And even good shots were difficult. Mitchell Smith shot a three-point attempt and barely touched iron. The next few times he had an open look outside, he passed up the shot. When he finally decided to take another shot at a three, it was in the corner, and he hit the side of the backboard. First game tournament jitters? I would say so.
Both teams passed up good shots early in the clock for what would become bad shots later in the shot clock.
But the shooting picked up after halftime. Both teams scored more points in the second half than they had in the first. And the second half was a fun game to watch.
Jeremiah Tilmon scored ten points and six rebounds which makes it strange to say he didn’t seem to be much of a factor most of the game. But with 11 minutes remaining, Tilmon blocked a shot and then hustled down the court for a tip-in after a missed shot.
But while Tilmon wasn’t as effective with the ball as we have seen in some games, Georgia focused on him, which opened up space for other Tigers. Tilmon missed the first game between these two teams, and you could see the difference. Tilmon’s presence made things easier on the rest of the Tigers.
It wasn’t a beautiful game from Missouri, but they got the win, which has been difficult the past few weeks.