NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Alex Oriakhi scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds Thursday night as No. 6 seed Missouri defeated cold-shooting No. 11 seed Texas A&M 62-50 in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Texas A&M (18-15) shot a season-low 24.1 percent (14 of 58) in the first SEC tournament confrontation between these two former Big 12 rivals. Missouri (23-9) led from start to finish and earned a quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 seed Mississippi (23-8).
Missouri is seeking its second straight conference tournament title and third in the last five years. The Tigers won the Big 12 tournament in 2009 and 2012.
Laurence Bowers, Jabari Brown and Tony Criswell had 10 points each for Missouri. Fabyon Harris led Texas A&M with 15 points. Texas A&M star Elston Turner played with a broken left pinkie finger and scored seven points while shooting 3 of 17.