Missouri overcomes obstacles, No. 12 Okla. St.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Arthur Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Missouri overcame a 10-point first-half deficit and poor shooting from its biggest stars to beat No. 12 Oklahoma State 72-69 Monday.

Kareem Rush was held to 10 points, two above his season worst and 10 below his average, and Clarence Gilbert had four coming off a 40-point game for the Tigers (20-9, 9-6 Big 12).

The pair combined to go 6-for-28, but it didn't stop their teammates from rallying in a game they probably needed more than Oklahoma State (22-7, 9-6), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Rickey Paulding added 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including two baskets in the final minute. Rush was 3-for-15 but also sealed the win, getting the rebound after Johnson missed on the front end of a bonus and hitting two free throws to make it 72-67 with 6.9 seconds to go.

Victor Williams had 19 points, and Fredrik Jonzen 16 for Oklahoma State. Jonzen had 10 points in the final 7:42 as the Cowboys kept it close after falling behind by seven.

Cheyne Gadson had 12 points in the first half, nearly doubling his season average, but was shut out the rest of the way.

Missouri ended a three-game losing streak against Oklahoma State.

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