Michael Dixon's layup with 31 seconds remaining proved to be the difference as the Missouri Tigers survived to defeat the Texas Longhorns 67-66 in Austin.
Things nearly turned out much differently for Dixon who was whistled for a flagrant foul with 1:10 remaining and the Tigers holding a 65-62 lead. With Missouri trying to run the clock out, Dixon hit Julien Lewis with an elbow which resulted in two free throws for the Longhorns and the ball out of bounds. J'Covan Brown's jumper with 57 seconds remaining gave Texas its first lead since the first half at 66-65.
After a Missouri time-out, Dixon drove left and laid the ball high off the window to put the Tigers back on top. Texas took a time-out to set up the final play but was surprised when Missouri came out in a zone defense on the final play. Myck Kabongo missed a baseline jumper and Marcus Denmon grabbed the rebound as time expired.
J'Covan Brown led the Longhorns with 20 points but was denied an opportunity to win the game when the Tigers switched to zone on the final possession. Julien Lewis added 12 points and Myck Kabongo 10 for Texas who falls to 13-9 and 3-6 in the Big 12.
Dixon led the Tigers with 21 points off the bench going 9-10 from the field while handing out four assists. Phil Pressey and Ricardo Ratliffe each added 13 points for the Tigers who improve to 20-2 on the season.
After an ugly first half, the Texas Longhorns should feel fortunate to only be down 27-22 at halftime to the Missouri Tigers. Texas hit just 9-28 shot attempts in the first half and recorded zero first half assists while also turning the ball over nine times.
Julien Lewis scored eight points to lead the Longhorns while J'Covan Brown added four. Alexis Wangmene and Jaylen Bond each added three at the break. The Longhorns out rebounded the Tigers 19-14 in the first half.
Missouri was led by Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon's eight first half points. Marcus Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe each added four points. Denmon was just 2-8 from the field in the first half. The Tigers didn't fare much better than the Longhorns in the first half hitting only 11-29 shots and recording just three first half assists.