Florida’s leading scorer, Jalen Hudson, scored 16 points in this game and five consecutive — on a layup and three free throws, missing one — that tied the score 75-75 with 17 seconds remaining. That set up Missouri’s final possession, which ended up as Florida’s game-winning basket.
Three of Missouri’s first five field goals were three-pointers, all by Barnett, who had outscored the Gators by himself through the first 9 1/2 minutes.
Guard Chris Chiozza jumped in front of the pass and scored a fast-break layup, sealing a 77-75 Florida win Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
This would have been Mizzou’s most impressive win of the season. Jeremiah Tilmon, Mizzou’s freshman center, played just 8 minutes before fouling out. Without Harris, the Tigers (11-4, 1-1 SEC) had to rely more than ever on bench players Terrence Phillips and Cullen VanLeer, who combined to play 23 minutes and score just five points.
All of that was fine for most of the game because of Jordan Barnett. The Tigers’ senior forward had hit 29 of his last 59 threes coming into Saturday. He scored 28 points on Saturday on 8-of-13 shooting. He made six three-pointers.
Barnett’s most impressive three-pointer came midway through the second half, when he tossed a shot up from about four feet behind the arc that put Mizzou up 57-51. The basket capped a 12-4 Missouri run.