TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Kassius Robertson scored 22 points to help Missouri snap a three-game losing streak with a 69-60 victory over Alabama on Wednesday night.
Jontay Porter overcame foul trouble to score 13 points for the Tigers (14-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference). Fresh from a win over No. 12 Oklahoma, the Crimson Tide (14-8, 5-4) fell behind by double digits in the first half and had an abysmal shooting performance after the break.
Missouri’s Jeremiah Tilmon scored 12 points and made all six shots before fouling out with more than five minutes left. Robertson had four assists and made 4 of 8 3-pointers.
Collin Sexton scored 23 points for Alabama despite a 7-of-16 shooting performance. Dazon Ingram was the only other Tide player in double digits with 10 points.
Alabama hit just 6 of 27 field goals in the second half (22.2 percent) after dropping more than 50 percent in the first.
Porter’s 3-pointer with 4:59 left pushed Missouri’s lead to 65-56. Alabama made enough defensive stops to produce a comeback, but couldn’t cash in with baskets on the other end. The Tide missed seven straight attempts down the stretch.
Alabama had whittled a 12-point Missouri lead down to 35-33 over the final five minutes of the opening half. Sexton’s 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the Tide heading to the locker room in a better mood. The Tigers went seven minutes without a field goal extending into the second half.
Missouri: Got a big win after three straight double digit losses. Had four players with two fouls apiece before halftime, and Porter picked up his fourth with 17:12 left.
Alabama: Blew a chance to move into a four-way tie for second in the SEC. Had won five of six games to start looking like a strong NCAA Tournament candidate, but had a rare poor performance at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide had been 4-0 at home in SEC games.
Missouri hosts No. 21 Kentucky Saturday.
Alabama visits No. 23 Florida Saturday afternoon and plays four of its next six games on the road.