Kentucky beats Missouri 90-83 in overtime

Kentucky beats Missouri 90-83 in overtime

Credit: AP

CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK - Missouri's Alex Oriakhi, center, has his pass deflected by Kentucky's Ryan Harrow (12) as Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, left, watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 24, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 24 at 12:56 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Julius Mays' eight points in overtime, including four clinching free throws in the final 33 seconds, helped Kentucky get the important victory it needed to bolster its NCAA tournament chances, beating Missouri 90-83 Saturday night.
 
Mays made six free throws in overtime and scored 21 of his 24 points after halftime for the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who needed a `quality' win to go along with their triumph over then-No. 16 Mississippi last month. Kentucky got it by holding serve at Rupp Arena over Missouri (19-8, 8-6) in the marquee game on ESPN College Game Day, and the Wildcats' backcourt was key in beating the Tigers.
 
Archie Goodwin scored all 18 of his points after intermission while Ryan Harrow added 16 with eight rebounds and six assists. That helped offset Phil Pressey's 27 points and Missouri's determined effort that forced overtime.
 
Alex Poythress added 21 points for the Wildcats.
 

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