Chase Adams’ jumper in the waning seconds propelled Jackson State to stun Missouri 73-72.
The first half was a nip-and-tuck affair that saw Jackson State show the way multiple times, leading as much as five points o two separate occasions at 18-13 and 20-15. Missouri took the lead back at 21-20 on a free throw from Anthony Robinson II. Missouri would reel off seven straight points to take their biggest lead of the half at 29-21. Jackson State scrapped back and reclaimed the lead at 32-31 lead on the second of a pair of Jordan O’Neal free throws. Missouri took the lead right back on Sean East II’s layup and would ultimately take a 37-34 lead into halftime.
After JSU took a 43-30 lead on an O’Neal slam dunk at the 17:35 mark of the half, Missouri reclaimed the lead at 45-43 on an Adrian Shaw slam with 16:50 left in the contest. Missouri would stay out in front for nearly the next ten minutes until a pair of free throws from Keveion Hunt put J-State back in the lead at 60-59. The lead was shortlived as a Caleb Grill three-pointer to hand Missouri back the lead 62-61. Missouri would stay out in front, seemingly positioned to survive and escape with a victory, as they were up by six points, at 71-65 with just 77 seconds left in the contest. Over the remaining time in the game, Missouri would proceed to miss three of their four free throws and turned the ball over, which allowed JSU to pull within a point at 72-71 with just:04 left in the game. Chase Adams’ jump shot put Jackson State out in front 73-72 and another Missouri turnover sealed the victory for JSU.
Ken Evans Jr, led three Jackson State players in double figures, and all scorers, with 20 points. Jordan O’Neal put in 18 points, while Coltie Young added 14 points and 5 rebounds.
Nick Honor led Missouri with 17 points, with Caleb Grill, the only other Missouri Tiger in double figures added 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Up next for Jackson State (1-5, 0-0) is a trip to take on Georgetown on November 25.