The 14th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers are taking a one-game hiatus from league play to compete against Missouri in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The fifth meeting between the two programs tips off at noon ET on ESPN at the WVU Coliseum.
Be sure to check back here for live updates as the game unfolds.
WVU first-half scorers: Tshiebwe (9); Haley (7); McBride (4); Culver, Sherman (2)
Mizzou first-half scorers: Brown (6); Watson (5); Nikko, Mar. Smith (3); D. Smith, Jackson, Pinson (2)
FINAL: West Virginia 74, Missouri 51. Bob Huggins ties Adolph Rupp to become the seventh-winningest coach in college basketball history.
2:35 (MIZZ 40, WVU 67): Macke officially enters the game.
3:26 (MIZZ 40, WVU 65): The “we want Macke” chants have begun from the student section.
3:55 (MIZZ 40, WVU 62): The Mountaineers are holding on to their lead with authority this half, with three players (McBride, Tshiebwe and Haley) entering double-digit scoring territory. The Tigers are trying to shoot their way out of this one, but it’s just not going for them in the second half — they’ve made just 30 percent of their field goals, with a 1-for-11 mark from deep.
7:12 (MIZZ 33, WVU 58): WVU gets one more bucket before the media timeout. The Tigers are on a 2-minute, 12-second scoring drought, which has allowed WVU to extend their lead.
8:10 (MIZZ 33, WVU 53): Gabe Osabuohien heads to the line after he his fouled by Tray Jackson, his fifth personal of the game. He is the first player from either squad to foul out.
11:59 (MIZZ 27, WVU 47): West Virginia is back on their horse with a 21-2 run to get the game back in their control. Jermaine Haley is now the Mountaineers’ leading scorer with 13, while Derek Culver (11) and Gabe Osabuohien (10) have both logged double-digit rebounds. Culver is struggling from the line, though — he has taken 6 free throws so far and made none of them.
15:34 (MIZZ 25, WVU 34): The Mountaineers are on an 8-0 run at the first media timeout of the half.
16:27 (MIZZ 25, WVU 31): The second half is getting called tighter than the first, with each team getting whistled already for four fouls. The most recent one goes against Mizzou, after Emmitt Matthews Jr. drives the baseline and attempts a highlight reel layup over Mitchell Smith — but the Mountaineer hits the deck hard and is slow to get up. He misses one, makes one and then heads to the locker room.
HALF: West Virginia leads Missouri at the half, 24-23.
0:17 (MIZZ 23, WVU 24): West Virginia calls timeout in the midst of their six-shot shooting slump. The Mountaineers haven’t scored a field goal in 2:57, which has allowed Mizzou to make a push to get within a point. WVU should have the final possession.
3:51 (MIZZ 16, WVU 20): The Tigers have clawed themselves back into the game at both the three point and free throw lines with a 10-0 run. As for West Virginia, Tshiebwe still leads all scorers with 7 points and he crowd is growing restless with the officials already with some feedback on certain foul calls.
7:55 (MIZZ 6, WVU 20): West Virginia is on a 12-2 run with 8 unanswered points as the third media timeout begins. The Mountaineers are also shooting a clean 50 percent so far. Missouri is shooting just 2 of 18 so far for the game, and haven’t put anything on the board in 3 minutes and 43 seconds.
11:05 (MIZZ 6, WVU 14): West Virginia is in control of this one early with good ball movement and stringent defense. Five of WVU’s six field goals have come from assists, while Missouri has missed 12 of their last 13 shots. Tshiebwe leads all scorers with 7 points.
15:53 (MIZZ 2, WVU 7): Oscar Tshiebwe and Jermaine Haley get the Mountaineers out to an early lead at the first media timeout. Mitchell Smith of Mizzou gets his second personal foul, so he will be the first starter to take the bench with foul trouble.
West Virginia wins the tip and we are underway. Fun fact: WVU is 5-1 this year when they win the opening tip-off.
- Jordan McCabe
- Jermaine Haley
- Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Oscar Tshiebwe
- Derek Culver
- Dru Smith
- Mark Smith
- Javon Pickett
- Mitchell Smith
- Reed Nikko