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Tigers narrowly win against the Commodores in front of a packed arena

For the third sold-out game of the season, fans packed the stands on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia for a tight affair between Missouri and Vanderbilt. After a loss to Arkansas earlier in the week, the Tigers came out on top 85-82 as Kobe Brown, D’Moi Hodge, Noah Carter, and DeAndre Gholston combined for 69 points. Missouri will continue the season with the first of two away games against Texas A&M on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

DeAndrew Gholston rushes the ball past Vanderbilt’s Ezra Manjon

DeAndrew Gholston rushes the ball past Vanderbilt’s Ezra Manjon during the second half against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Gholston tallied 18 points, boosting the Tigers up by 40 in the second half in a combined effort with Kobe Brown and D’Moi Hodge.

Aidan Shaw goes for the basket during the first

Aidan Shaw goes for the basket during the first half against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Later in the game, Shaw pushed the Tigers forward by six to 31-25 with an alley-oop.

Nick Honor, center, looks for an open as head coach

Nick Honor, center, looks for an open as head coach Dennis Gates observes the play against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Honor and fellow point guard Sean East II brought the Tigers 10 assists with one turnover.

Starters huddle during a timeout to listen to head coach Dennis Gates

MU players huddle during a timeout to listen to coach Dennis Gates on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Missouri topped Vanderbilt 85-82 to improve to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Tigers next play Wednesday at Texas A&M, which moved to 2-0 with a 69-56 victory Saturday over LSU.

Fans in the Missouri student section attempt

Fans in the Missouri student section attempt to distract Vanderbilt forward Myles Stute on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. In the final 30 seconds of the game, Mizzou scored seven free throws to secure a second SEC win.

Sean East II prepares to pass the ball past Vanderbilt’s

Sean East II prepares to pass the ball past Vanderbilt’s Liam Robbins during the second half against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The National Junior College Athletic Association gave East II the Men’s Basketball Player of the Year award in 2022.

DeAndrew Gholston attempts a 2-point basket past a block

DeAndrew Gholston attempts a 2-point basket past a block from Vanderbilt’s Emmanuel Anson during the second half against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The 2022-23 basketball season is Gholston’s last remaining season as an eligible player.

Fans in the stands cheer during the second half

Fans in the stands cheer during the second half of the home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Missouri climbed to 13-2 with a victory against Vanderbilt in front of a sold-out crowd.

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