Kevin Puryear leads Mizzou over Kennesaw State 55-52

Tigers improve to 2-1
Posted: 12:04 AM, Nov 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-17 09:08:56-05
Jeremiah Tilmon add 12 points for the Tigers
Jeremiah Tilmon add 12 points for the Tigers

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) —  Kevin Puryear  scored 17 points and  Missouri  pulled ahead in the final two minutes to beat Kennesaw State 55-52 on Friday at the Paradise Jam tournament.

Jeremiah Tilmon  added 12 points for the  Tigers  (2-1), who will face Oregon State in Sunday’s semifinals at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.

Missouri led by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the  Owls  (1-3) rallied to tie it at 50 on  Kosta Jankovic ‘s jumper with 2:32 remaining.  Jordan Geist  hit a pair of free throws with 1:42 left to put the Tigers back in the lead.

Kennesaw State had two chances to tie it or take the lead, but  Tyler Hooker  missed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and the Owls turned it over, leading to  Mark Smith ‘s layup with 6.9 seconds left.

Hooker and Jankovic finished with 13 points each, and  Kyle Clarke  added 10 points for Kennesaw State, which plays Old Dominion in Saturday’s consolation game.