Missouri 62, Kansas 55
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Malcolm Thomas and Derrick Chievous combined for 29 points Tuesday night to lift Missouri to a 62-55 victory over 10th-ranked Kansas in a Big Eight basketball game Tuesday night.
The Tigers, notching their fifth straight conference victory after launching the league race with four straight losses, led at halftime 30-27 and never let the Jayhawks get closer than three points afterwards.
It was the first victory in four tries for Missouri Coach Norm Stewart against Kansas boss Larry Brown.
Kansas, 20-5 overall and 7-2 in the Big Eight, took the early lead behind the outside shooting of Calvin Thompson, who led the Jayhawks with 16 points. But Missouri pulled into a 26-25 lead on a tip-in by Greg Cavener with 1:51 to play in the first half. Kansas never led again.
Thomas’ jumper in the lane put Missouri on top 36-31 with 17:37 left, then Chievous hit the next four Missouri buckets and Cavener tipped in a Chievous miss to give the Tigers a 46-37 advantage with 11:38 to go.
Kansas got to within three points, 56-53, on a bucket by Danny Manning at the 2:10 mark. Jeff Strong hit a bucket with 54 seconds left but Kansas’ Greg Dreiling hit again to slash the margin to three points before Strong canned two free free throws to give the Tigers a 60-55 lead.
Chievous finished with 15 points and Thomas had 14 for the Tigers, 15-9 and 5-4. Strong put in 11 and Dan Bingenheimer had 10.
Dreiling had 13 for the Jayhawks.