Missouri ran into a team that was hungrier than it was Wednesday. Oklahoma State rode some hot shooting, emotion and crowd noise to upset the Tigers 79-72.
Yesterday, I wondered if Missouri could handle the prosperity of being ranked No. 2 in the nation. That question was definitely answered.
The Tigers will survive. It’s only their second loss of the season. But last night belonged to an Oklahoma State team that had few bright spots in its season entering the game.
The Cowboys were on a mission. They were hunting some Tigers. Mission accomplished.
Two freshmen sparked Oklahoma State in Le’Bryan Nash and Brian Williams. Nash collected 27 points and Williams tallied 22. It seems Williams was always at the free throw line in crucial second half stages. He made 10-of-12 free throws for the night. The Cowboys shot 59.6 percent from the field and held Missouri to just 40 percent.
Although now just 10-10 on the year, Oklahoma State served notice that it will be a difficult home team probably the rest of the season.
Missouri will drop in the polls but don’t feel sorry for the Tigers. They have the tools to make some serious noise in the postseason.