Missouri Mounts Second Half Comeback To Defeat USC

Nov. 23, 2008

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San Juan, PR -- With USC's Taj Gibson in foul trouble most of the game, Missouri's fowards Demarre Carroll (29) and Leo Lyons (13) combined for 42 points and led the Tigers to a 83-72 comeback win in the fourth-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

USC led 59-57 with 10 minutes left in the game when Trojans' forward Kasey Cunningham injured his left knee and Missouri finished the game on a 26-13 roll for the victory. Cunningham had scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to that point.

Keying the Tigers' second-half charge was Carroll who hit 6 of 8 shots after halftime, including all three three-pointers he attempted. Carroll also had eight of his 11 rebounds in the second half.

USC led 43-37 at halftime, but committed 14 second-half turnovers while Missouri hit nearly 55 percent of its shots after the break. Dwight Lewis led USC with 15 points and Gibson had 11 points and 8 rebounds in 19 minutes.

Cunningham will be reexamined when the team returns to Los Angeles on Monday.

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