by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
Sparked by nine points in the final 2:04 from senior guard Marcus Denmon, No. 4 Missouri closed the game on an 11-0 run to beat No. 8 Kansas, 74-71.
The Tigers felt the game slipping away before Denmon converted a three-point play and then sank back-to-back three-pointers. He finished the game with 29 points and 9 rebounds.
The game now gives Missouri a chance to do something no other team than Kansas has done in the Big 12 in the last seven years — win the regular season title outright. Missouri, Kansas and No. 6 Baylor are all tied at 8-2 atop the conference.
The Tigers feel as though they can get the job done.
From The Kansas City Star:
“My teammates are a bunch of winners,” Denmon said. “Whatever you’ve got to do to get a win, I think that’s what my teammates and myself did.”
Kansas, who has now lost two of its last three games, has another tough test on Wednesday. The Jayhawks will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears. Kansas won the first meeting 92-74, on Jan. 16.