Jackson State rallies to post 73-72 win against Missouri

Missouri’s Caleb Grill walks toward the Tiger bench as Jackson State players celebrate after a 73-72 victory Sunday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. (Associated Press)

COLUMBIA -- The Missouri men’s basketball team came up with a big stop at the buzzer last Thursday night at Minnesota.

The Tigers were unable to replicate a last-second stop Sunday night against Jackson State.

Jackson State’s Chase Adams got a fadeaway jumper to bounce off the rim, hit off the backboard and bounce on the rim three more times before it fell through the net with about five seconds remaining. Missouri turned over the ball before it could get off a shot and Jackson State left Mizzou Arena with a 73-72 upset victory.

Sunday marked the first time since the start of the Dennis Gates era in which Missouri scored at least 70 points and did not win. The Tigers had won in each of the other 25 instances dating to the start of the 2022-23 season.

Jackson State made each of its final four field-goal attempts, rallying from a 71-65 deficit in the closing minutes. Missouri only attempted one field goal down the stretch, missed three of its final four free throws and committed two turnovers in the final 30 seconds.

Missouri scored the game’s first five points, but Jackson State responded with a 10-2 run. Neither team led by more than eight points the entire game.

Missouri led 37-34 at intermission. However, the home Tigers committed 18 turnovers, which led to 26 points for Jackson State.

Down by six, Zeke Cook made a layup for Jackson State, Jordan O’Neal scored a second-chance layup and Adams knocked down a jumper to close the gap to 71-69 in the final minute. After a Missouri turnover, Ken Evans scored a layup on a fast-break to tie the score.

Nick Honor was fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws to briefly give the lead back to Missouri, but Adams answered with the game-winner on the ensuing possession.

Evans finished with a game-high 22 points for Jackson State (1-5), followed by O’Neal with 18 points and Coltie Young with 14.

Honor scored a team-high 17 points for Missouri and Caleb Grill came off the bench and added 15 points.

It was Jackson State’s first win against Missouri in eight meetings. 

Missouri (3-2) hosts South Carolina State (2-2) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.