"For 35 minutes, they really dominated us on the glass, field goal percentage, everything,” Ford said. "We were pretty much dominated for 35 minutes.”
Defensively, OSU was a mess most of the game, giving up what Ford called "an extraordinary amount of easy shots.”
While most of the game was bad for OSU fans, the last five minutes were thrilling for those who stayed.
OSU forced several turnovers, and Byron Eaton hit four critical free throws in the last two minutes to put OSU in position to win the game in the last minute.
But with about seven seconds left and the Cowboys trailing by two, Missouri’s DeMarre Carroll blocked a Muonelo 3-point attempt. The ball went out of bounds off Missouri, and OSU’s last shot was an Eaton jumper from about seven feet that rattled around the rim and failed to drop.
Carroll said the block redeemed him for the two late turnovers he committed.
"I knew if I didn’t make that block, I knew everyone was going to look at me,” Carroll said. "Toward the end, we kinda panicked a little bit, but we were able to pull it out.”
Muonelo led OSU with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Harris finished with 21 points.
Carroll and Matt Lawrence had 19 apiece for Missouri.