Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. 'hurting for the team' after loss

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The Tigers pulled within 52-44 on a pair of free throws by Porter as Missouri opened the second half by outscoring Florida State 24-8. As the game ended, he held a towel to his face, wiping tears from his eyes.

Should both Porters return, Missouri is likely ranked in the preseason top-10 and could make a deep postseason run.

Porter Jr. said that he was "frustrated" by his play, making just 4 of 12 shots he attempted from the floor.

Missouri was a different team in the second half. It doesn't matter so much for Porter, Jr.as it matters for Mizzou.

Left unsaid but implied was some frustration with how games in the SEC can be officiated.

"I think resiliency would be the keyword if you had to explain this team", Porter said.

Mann injured his groin in the first half and appeared to aggravate the injury after slipping on the court in the second half.

"I think this team will be remembered as far as turning things around, given our past few seasons", Kevin Puryear said. We messed up this game. He needs to spend another year in college to not only learn the speed of the game, but also to learn to trust his body again.

Florida State: Will play Xavier for a trip to the Sweet 16.

After the game, cheering from the Seminoles' locker room echoed down the hall toward Missouri's, and inside the Tigers' locker room, players quietly sat and answered questions about the game and the season and what it all meant. Kassius Robertson led the Tigers with 19 points.

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On the perimeter, he'd often be in the same three-foot area as Robertson or Jordan Geist. Porter Jr. had just grabbed a rebound and was stuck in the corner. "We know it's still going to be a challenge, but we're looking forward to playing someone outside of the SEC".

The good news, however, is that Missouri couldn't have really asked for a better seeding in the tournament. "I feel like being able to do that helped". The freshman was a five-star recruit after leading his high school team to a 29-0 record and state championship. A total of 10 Seminoles scored at least two points apiece - by halftime - as they wore out Missouri, which had only eight healthy players available. Forrest miss, grabbed the ball with his left hand and took off the other way, weaving in and out of traffic as drove to the basket and drew a foul.

Because it was one of the very best first halves of the Hamilton Era.

PJ Savoy added 12 points, canning 3-of-6 from 3-point land, and Phil Cofer chipped in 11.

Cofer hit two of three free throws to start a 15-0 spurt that pushed the lead back to double digits.

Three minutes later when Reed Nikko replaced him and Porter walked to the Missouri bench, a smattering of claps from the section behind Missouri's bench greeted him.

As reporters took turns asking Porter about his health, his season and ultimately his legacy, he stumbled and stuttered trying to come up with the words, until he ultimately found the right ones. "I would hope that they would see that, but I didn't probably didn't play to their expectations or my expectations, so it's understandable if that's not what they're thinking right now". (Florida State's lead) ballooned back up to 15. But his mistake seemed to take the life out of he and the rest of the Tigers.

Arkansas-Little Rock was led by Tori Lasker, who scored 13 points.

His father, Missouri assistant coach Michael Porter Sr., told ESPN that he didn't want his son to make a decision on his future during such an emotional time.

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