Rally boosts Mizzou past Purdue

COLUMBIA | Missouri played its worst basketball of the season in the first 12 and a half minutes of the second half.

But the Tigers followed that up with the most unbelievable seven and half minutes of many a season, outscoring Purdue 24-4 on the way to a wild 73-63 victory.

Missouri, which led by 11 points in the first half, trailed 59-49 with 7:44 left in the game, having scored 5 points since taking a 44-36 half-time lead.

But after having been unable to do anything right, Mizzou suddenly could do no wrong.

Particularly Leo Lyons.

Starting with two free throws that cut Purdue’s lead to 61-60 with 2:46 to play, Lyons scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot in the next 1:46.

And incredibly, Missouri rocked and rolled its way to 6-3 with apparent ease.

The loss was Purdue’s second in seven games, and only the third in 11 career games against MU.