Ratliffe powers Missouri past Baylor

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 21, 2012
Ricardo Ratliffe scored a career-high 27 points and No. 5 Missouri held on for an 89-88 victory over No. 3 Baylor after a furious late rally by the Bears. Ratliffe had a big, two-handed slam dunk midway through the second half when he scored six points in an 8-0 spurt that put the Tigers (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) up 68-58. Missouri still led by 10 with 3:07 left. Missouri had to hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final minute. Marcus Denmon's free throw with 4 seconds left made it 89-85 before Brady Heslip hit a game-ending 3-pointer for Baylor (17-2, 4-2), which has lost two in a row after a 17-0 start. Quincy Miller led Baylor with 29 points while Pierre Jackson had 20 points and 15 assists. Phil Pressey added 18 points for the Tigers and Denmon had 15.
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