Monday, February 6, 2012 | 10:31 p.m. CST;
updated 11:14 p.m. CST, Monday, February 6, 2012
It took a missed 3-point shot at the buzzer by Oklahoma's Steven Pledger to ensure a 71-68 Missouri win.
The No. 4 ranked Tigers, who were coming off an emotional home win over rival Kansas on Saturday, barely squeaked by the Sooners on Monday in Norman, Okla. The team was led offensively by senior guard Marcus Denmon, who scored 25 points, shooting 9-17 from the floor and playing all but one minute of the game.
Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe also did his part, scoring 15 points, shooting a perfect 6-6 from the field and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers on the glass.
Missouri (22-2, 9-2 Big 12) is back in action Saturday, when they'll host No. 6 Baylor at 12:30 p.m. in a clash of conference powerhouses. With the loss, Oklahoma fell to 13-10 overall and 3-8 in the Big 12.
Missouri guard Marcus Denmon evades Oklahoma's Cameron Clark during the first half of Missouri's 71-68 win on Monday in Norman, Okla.
Missouri's Kim English, front, and Ricardo Ratliffe, back, help Oklahoma's Steven Pledger up after he reacts to missing a shot to tie the game during the second half of Missouri's 71-68 win over Oklahoma on Monday in Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma's Romero Osby attempts to shoot around Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe during the second half of Missouri's 71-68 win Monday in Norman, Okla.
Missouri's Michael Dixon drives around the outstretched arms of Oklahoma's Casey Arent during the first half of Missouri's 71-68 win over Oklahoma on Monday in Norman, Okla.
Missouri's guard Marcus Denmon shoots over Oklahoma's Romero Osby during the first half of Missouri's 71-68 win over Oklahoma on Monday in Norman, Okla. Denmon led the Tigers with 25 points. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger looks on.