COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Kobe Brown made two free throws with 9 seconds remaining and finished with 21 points to help Missouri hold off Texas A&M 70-66 on Saturday.
Brown sank 5 of 9 shots from the floor and made 11 of 12 free throws for the Tigers (9-13, 3-6 Southeastern Conference). He added six rebounds, six assists and blocked two shots. Jarron Coleman had 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Amari Davis and reserve Ronnie DeGray III scored 10 apiece.
Brown had 13 points in the first half as Missouri took a 37-32 lead into intermission. Brown hit all three of his shots from the floor and all seven of his free throws. The Tigers shot 59% in the first half and finished at 57%.
Quenton Jackson and Hayden Hefner topped Texas A&M (15-8, 4-6) with 17 points each. Henry Coleman III scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half. Tyrece Radford added 11 points.
Jackson and Hefner combined to score 23 points in the second half as the Aggies battled back to grab a 55-53 lead on a dunk by Hefner with 9:35 left. Jackson made 1 of 2 foul shots to give Texas A&M a 61-59 lead with 5:36 to go. Coleman answered with a 3-pointer, Dajuan Gordon made a layup and Brown capped a 7-0 spurt with a dunk. The Tigers never trailed again.
Missouri beat the Aggies for just the fourth time in the last 15 contests and evened the season series after Texas A&M beat the Tigers 67-64 in Columbia, Missouri.
Missouri travels to play Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Texas A&M will host No. 25 LSU on Tuesday.
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