Feb. 14, 2007
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Stefhon Hannah scored 25 points, Keon Lawrence had a career high 24 and Missouri held off a late Baylor rally in a 78-71 win Wednesday.
Lawrence, a freshman guard, played his best game since being inserted into the starting lineup last week. He was one of Missouri's first players off the bench through its first 21 games, before his first start Feb. 6 against Iowa State.
Wednesday, he was 9-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range, and had eight rebounds. He scored 11 of his points in a nine-minute stretch to start the second half.
Marshall Brown added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers.
Missouri led 35-32 at the break.
Baylor (12-12, 2-8 Big 12) missed its first five shots from the field to start the second half and didn't score a point until the 15:34 mark as Missouri stretched its lead to 11.
The Bears came back to tie the game with 5:43 left in the game on a turnaround jumper by Kevin Rogers.
But Missouri (15-9, 4-7) quickly went back up by five points after two Brown free throws and a 3-pointer by Hannah. Baylor never got closer than three points the rest of the way.
Rogers scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the second half and had 12 rebounds. Henry Dugat and Curtis Jerrells each added 14 for the Bears.
Matt Lawrence, Missouri's second-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game, missed all seven of his 3-point attempts and finished with just five points.
Missouri is now tied with Iowa State for ninth in the Big 12 Conference with five games left in the regular season. Baylor hasn't won a Big 12 road game since a Feb. 5, 2004, win over Texas A&M, a string of 23 games.