Porter has built an impressive 10-game run, averaging 13.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks in that stretch of games. Just getting in will be a vindictive moment for Martin and the program, but their spot on the bracket will undoubtedly mean more than they're willing to admit. "(We) were able to just kind of grind to the finish". After a strong Missouri stand, Porter missed a three. and then after Rayshaun Hammonds made one of two at the line, Missouri called timeout.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Robertson's wide-open corner 3-pointer rimmed out, and Missouri couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.
Shortly after, the Georgia defense intensified, completely flipping the status of the half. But the Bulldogs countered with a quick eight points, and the game was slipping away for Missouri once again.
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"We came up short", Martin said, "but it's not so much what Michael didn't do". The freshman from East St. Louis, Illinois, also pulled down eight rebounds.
Still, it was Porter's 3-pointer with a minute left that kept the Tigers' rally alive and trimmed Georgia's lead to three points.
It happened after a Missouri would-be game-winner from the corner missed. But as one of the only players not in foul trouble Thursday night, Barnett didn't give the Tigers a whole lot of anything. In Georgia's next possession, Maten grabbed an offensive rebound - eclipsing double-digit boards - and put it back up for his 19th point of the game. In his previous three seasons at Canisius, Robertson led the Golden Griffins in scoring 20 times, combined.
The Tigers' committed 14 first-half fouls. But Claxton missed both free throws. The Tigers struggled mightily with their shot, though, knocking down 22 of 64 attempts. The 12th-seeded Dawgs will battle Kentucky at 3 p.m. ET on Friday.
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Bagley, who ripped down 17 rebounds, made 15 for 23 from the field in the first game since being named ACC Player of the Year. The difference, according to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, was Bagley attacking the rim rather than tossing it up there.
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