Missouri 80, Texas 75
Mar. 08, 1997
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Jeff Hafer and Jason Sutherland sank high-pressure free throws in the final two minutes Friday night, lifting 10th seeded Missouri to an 80-75 victory over No. 2 seed Texas in the Big 12 tournament.
The game had seen 18 lead changes when Missouri (15-16) went ahead to stay on Kelly Thames' free throw, making it 58-57 and igniting a 10-1 run as Texas' Reggie Freeman picked up his fourth foul at the 10:39 mark.
Tyronn Lee hit five points in the run, and the Tigers, who were 0-9 on the road this season, led 67-58 when Thames drove in for a layup with 8:10 to go.
Texas (16-11) fought back and made it 75-71 when Carlton Dixon muscled inside for a stick-back. But then Hafer rebounded a Freeman miss, was fouled and canned both free throws with 1:14 left.
Hafer, fouled by Sheldon Quarles, hit two more from the foul line with :30 to go for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak when they beat Nebraska Thursday in the first round.
Sutherland, the Big 12's leading free throw shooter, gave the Tigers an 80-73 lead and brought a huge roar from the partisan Missouri crowd with 15 seconds to play on two more foul shots.
Freeman, who led the Longhorns this year in scoring and rebounding, played much of the second half with four fouls and wound up with 25 points.
Sutherland had 17 for Missouri, Lee 13 and Thames 11.
A see-saw first half ended with Brandy Perryman hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Longhorns a 38-34 lead. Missouri led by as many as seven in the first half before Perryman and Freeman sparked an 18-6 spurt that gave Texas a 35-30 advantage.
Missouri will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Colorado matchup in the semifinals on Saturday.