Mizzou upsets No. 15 Alabama behind Brown’s career day | Mizzou Sports News

Mizzou matched its season high with nine 3-pointers on 24 attempts and finished with the season’s second-best shooting percentage from deep (37.5). The advanced metrics were excellent, too. MU scored 1.33 points per possession, the team’s best efficiency mark this season, second-best in an SEC game in Martin’s five seasons and sixth-best overall under Martin.

What sparked this rarely seen offensive explosion?

“Sharing the ball,” said Martin, whose team had a season-high 19 assists, the Tigers’ most in a regulation game since December 2019. “You have to share the ball. But really what we’re trying to drill into our guys more than anything (is) don’t get consumed if your shot isn’t falling. Don’t allow that to defeat you.”

Through the season’s first two months, the Tigers were barely competitive against the best teams on the schedule, losing to Florida State, Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky by an average of 28 points. With Alabama (11-4, 2-1) in town, favored by 13½ points at tip-off, another blowout seemed probable, especially with guards Amari Davis, the team’s second-leading scorer, and freshman point guard Anton Brookshire, both out for COVID protocols.

But the Tigers roared out of the locker room to start both halves, opening the game with a 9-0 surge. The Crimson Tide recovered to grab a 43-40 halftime lead, but Mizzou erupted again, scoring on its first nine possessions of the second half. The Tigers scored 32 points in the half’s first nine minutes.

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