No. 5 Missouri holds to win 89-88 at No. 3 Baylor

No. 5 Missouri holds to win 89-88 at No. 3 Baylor

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Missouri guard Michael Dixon (11) drives to the basket against Baylor forward Perry Jones III (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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by STEPHEN HAWKINS

AP

Posted on January 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

WACO, Texas (AP) -- 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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