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Missouri rallies after horrid start

January 27, 2008

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— Colorado set the tempo and the tone, so the Missouri Tigers turned to their pressure defense to secure their first road win of the season.

The Tigers overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 10 minutes for a 66-62 victory over the Buffs on Saturday thanks largely to 22 points from Leo Lyons.

Lyons scored 16 of his points in the second half to spark Missouri (12-8, 2-3 Big 12), who snapped a three-game losing streak and a five-game road skid.

The Tigers never led in the first 38 minutes. Then Matt Lawrence set up in the left corner and swished a three-pointer that gave Missouri a 61-60 lead with two minutes left.

They wouldn't trail again.

Lawrence said he felt confident that would be the game's one and only lead change.

"I thought so. We had the momentum going. We'd been getting stops on defense. We shut down Marcus Hall. He had a great first half. We tried to contain him a little bit," Lawrence said. "That big stop, that big steal after I hit the shot we had the fast break and the dunk, I think really did turn the tide."

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