Sean East II scored a three-point play to conclude Missouri’s 31-9 run, emerging victorious over Minnesota 70-68 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Thursday. Nick Honor and Noah Carter led the way for the Tigers in their comeback win.
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Honor led MU in scoring with 16 points and contributed an assist on Thursday. The fifth-year senior guard played a pivotal role in Missouri’s victory. The former Clemson Tiger recorded ten straight points in the Tigers’ 31-9 run to end the matchup. Honor scored two three-pointers and a two-point jumper, going up for a layup to cut the Golden Gophers’ lead to 61-49 with 9:02 remaining in the game. The guard knocked down four three-pointers throughout the contest.
In addition to the two he scored during the run to end the game, Honor hit two more—one at the beginning of the matchup and another early in the second half. Honor made a shot from beyond the arc a little over three minutes into the game and recorded another three-pointer with 16:47 left in the contest, cutting Missouri’s deficit to 46-37. The Orlando, Florida native also had an assist during Thursday’s matchup with Minnesota. Honor found guard Tamar Bates on a fast break with 13 minutes left in the first half to keep MU competitive early when they were struggling.
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Carter played a significant role in Missouri’s victory on Thursday, contributing 13 points and two assists. The forward shot 5-10 from the field (50%) and 2-5 (40%) from beyond the arc. Ten of Carter’s 13 points came in the first half. The Dubuque, Iowa native scored the first five points for the Tigers at the beginning of the game. The fifth-year forward also executed a layup and knocked down a three-pointer with 6:35 left in the first half, reducing UMN’s lead to 30-23.
The former Northern Iowa Panther added three more points in the second half through a three-point play. Carter grabbed the offensive rebound off of freshman forward Trent Pierce’s miss and went up for an and-1 layup. The forward proceeded to make the free throw, making Minnesota’s lead 65-59 with 5:21 remaining in the matchup. Carter finished the game with two assists as well. One occurred in the first half, and the other came in the second half. The fifth-year found Bates for a made layup with 14:31 left in the first half, and Carter passed the ball to Honor, who knocked down a three-pointer to begin MU’s 31-9 run with 11:09 remaining in the game.