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Gholston's buzzer beater lifts Mizzou past UCF

170 days ago
Missouri Athletics

Columbia, Mo. - Graduate student DeAndre Gholston sunk a midcourt buzzer-beater to lift the Missouri men's basketball team to a 68-66 victory over UCF on Saturday afternoon in the AutoNation Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. With the win, the Tigers improve to 10-1, while the Knights drop to 8-3.

Trailing by nine points with under six minutes remaining, the Knights connected on five 3-pointers during a 15-5 run - turning a nine-point deficit into a one-point advantage with less than 30 seconds remaining. Mizzou forced a UCF miss and D'Moi Hodge collected a rebound with less than seven seconds left in the game. The graduate student would slip after crossing midcourt but knocked the loose ball to Gholston, who sunk a shot from nearly 40 feet out to secure the victory for the Tigers.

Graduate students Nick Honor and Gholston carried the Tigers during the winning effort. Honor was named Orange Bowl MVP after leading Mizzou with 17 points - connecting on 6-of-9 field goals and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Gholston added 16 points - all coming in the second half - but none bigger than the three at the buzzer.

Hodge also added 15 points in the winning effort, while senior Isiaih Mosley recorded a team-best four assists.

The Knights started the game strong with a 10-0 run during the opening four minutes. Mizzou, however, would quickly answer - connecting on five-straight triples to take its first lead of the game, 15-14. Honor led the Tigers during the opening 20 minutes of action, sinking five 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes as MU moved in front by as many as six points. A late 9-0 UCF run, though, would help the Knights take a one-point lead into the locker room, 36-35.

Mizzou quickly responded in the first half and used a 16-1 start to the frame to take its largest lead of the game, 51-37. The Tigers forced UCF into missing its first nine shots of the second half, while Gholston started to get hot with his first seven points of the game during the stretch.

The Tigers would maintain their advantage until UCF's late hot streak, leading to Gholston's heroics in the buzzer-beating victory.

Mizzou shot 50.0 percent with a 13-of-25 performance from 3-point range (52.0 percent) in the victory. UCF converted 42.3 percent of its field goals with a 13-of-28 day from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT: The Tigers look to continue their winning ways with a second-straight neutral-site game, squaring off with Illinois in St. Louis in the McBride Homes Braggin' Rights Game. The two rivals are set to meet on Thursday with an 8 p.m. tipoff.