Michael Porter Jr. returns, but Missouri loses to Georgia in SEC Tournament

Aaron Reiss, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

Maten, the AP SEC Player of the Year, scored 14 points in the first half. When Martin had to put reserve center Reed Nikko on him because Kevin Puryear was in foul trouble, Maten caught the ball at the top of the key and immediately drove to the hoop for an easy dunk.

The Tigers never found a solution for him. Maten finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He made seven of 10 free throws.

Puryear picked up his fourth foul while guarding Maten just a couple of minutes into the second half. The junior scored just two points and grabbed only one rebound in 10 minutes.

Maten took a charge against Tilmon with just more than three minutes left, causing the Tigers' freshman center to foul out, too. On the Georgia possession before that play, Maten had hit a 3 over Jontay Porter to provide an answer to two Jordan Geist free throws that had trimmed the Georgia lead to one point.

Missouri had one last chance to take a lead, after Porter Jr.'s 3 made it a one-possession game yet again. But instead the star freshman's big comeback began with a dud.

--Sponsored Video--

(c)2018 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)

Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.



blog comments powered by Disqus