Jacksonville Sports Day

SEC: Mizzou Men’s Hoops Powers Past Florida, 91-75

Photo by Zach Bland/Missouri Athletics

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Men’s Basketball secured its first Southeastern Conference win of the season, downing Florida 91-75, Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.

The win marks Mizzou’s (9-6, 2-1 SEC) third ever victory over the Gators (10-5, 2-1 SEC) and first since Feb. 24, 2015.

The Gators had one of their better 3-point shooting nights this season (10/23, .435) outdone by Missouri’s even better performance (12/19, .632).

Noah Locke hit 4 3-pointers, matching a season high and marking his 12th straight game with multiple made 3-pointers. It matches Brett Nelson’s UF record for the longest such streak (2000-01).

Kerry Blackshear led the Gators with 22 points, including 10-for-11 from the free throw line. It was Blackshear’s 6th 20-point game of the season and his 4th in the past 5 games.

The Tigers jumped to an early lead and held Florida off the scoreboard for the first 2:54 of the game.

Xavier Pinson forced a steal at the top of the arc and took it down the court in transition for a ferocious dunk over Florida’s 6-foot-10 Omar Payne to push Mizzou to a 15-6 lead.

Mizzou scored a season-high 51 points in the first half to head to the locker room with a 15-point lead.

The Tigers kept the momentum going in the second half, polishing off a 16-point win. Mizzou shot 61.5 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from beyond the arc, both season-bests.

It marked just the sixth time Florida allowed 90+ points in a game since 2010.

Dru Smith led Mizzou with 22 points, six assists and five steals. Mark Smith and Javon Pickett each added 14 points as nine different Tigers scored, with eight hitting a three.

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