Chris Czerapowicz beat the buzzer with a three-pointer and gave Davidson a 41-37 halftime lead.
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Missouri’s Jabari Brown scored 17 points.
Junior Danny Feldmann had the best moment as Missouri rallied into the lead, driving the baseline on a clearout by freshman Johnathan Williams III for a two-handed slam that drew the Tigers within one.
Davidson shot 32 percent in the second half as Missouri rallied.
Kalinoski (kind of) comes home
It was a homecoming of sorts Tuesday for Davidson junior Tyler Kalinoski, an Olathe East graduate, who enjoyed his brief foray back to the Midwest despite the loss.
“I had a lot of family and friends here,” said Kalinoski, who scored 16 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals. “It felt good to fly back into the Kansas City airport and play in this arena. I played here in a team camp, so it definitely felt like a homecoming game for me.”
Kalinoski had seven points with five assists and three rebounds in the first half. He then hit bookend three-pointers during a 13-4 run by Davidson to open the second half.
“It’s nice to put up stats, but I’d rather have a really bad game if it means our team wins and gets to keep playing,” Kalinoski said.
• Up next: Missouri will be host to the winner of today’s first-round matchup between Toledo and Southern Mississippi on Sunday in the second round. Tipoff time has yet to be announced.