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.
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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.