Missouri Basketball: Tigers rally in second half to beat SJU, 90-82

COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 10: Jordan Geist
COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 10: Jordan Geist /

The Missouri Tigers are three wins away from tying their total wins from 2016-17, and it’s only November. The Tigers also did it without Michael Porter, Jr.

Earlier this week, Tigers fans felt the wind leave Mizzou’s sails, at the news of losing Michael Porter, Jr. for the season, due to a recent injury which required surgery on Tuesday.

Even without their No. 1 player and forward, the Missouri Tigers still found a way to win, which came after the Tigers were down to the Red Storm by eight points.

It’s not every day that we get to witness the growth of a talented team of athletes, led by a coach who is in his first year with the program, but the Tigers showed their resilience against St. John’s.

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Missouri’s resilience didn’t fall on blind eyes, as SEC Network commentator, Jarrett Sutton, applauded the Tigers’ efforts in their come-from-behind win.

The AdvoCare Invitational will wrap-up on Sunday (Nov. 26), with the winners of the semi-finals playing for the championship.

While the season is still young, Missouri fans can take comfort knowing that even without Michael Porter, Jr., the Tigers are growing into their own and will win a decent number of games, this year. As long as Mizzou continues to improve from the foul line and making the “gimme” layups and staying out of foul trouble, this team could grow into a legitimate playoff contender.

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