No. 13 Missouri holds off Stanford
Paradise Island, Bahamas (Sports Network) - Laurence Bowers scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 13 Missouri to a 78-70 win over Stanford on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Phil Pressey had 18 points, nine assists and five rebounds and Earnest Ross had 10 points and 11 boards for the Tigers (4-0), who will face the winner of No. 2 Louisville versus Northern Iowa on Friday.
Chasson Randle had a game-high 22 points and Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal (3-2), losers in two straight.
Mizzou went up 28-16 with seven minutes left in the first half, but a 12-0 Stanford run knotted the game at 28-28 at the 3:51 mark.
Keion Bell's layup at the buzzer gave the Tigers a 37-34 lead at the break.
Ross' jump hook put Mizzou up 53-47, but the Cardinal was able to pull within 57-55 with 10 minutes left.
The Tigers opened up a 68-61 lead at the 5:39 mark, but Stanford fought back and pulled within 68-66 with just over three minutes to play. It would be as close as the Cardinal would get after Missouri outscored them 10-4 the rest of the way to hold on for the win.
This was the first-ever meeting between these two programs ... Stanford will face the loser of Lousiville and Northern Iowa in the consolation bracket.
11/22 16:02:39 ET