(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — Beating a ranked team is always a great feeling. Doing it on the road against a conference opponent is even better. But completing the feat just days after the head coach’s father passed away is downright special.
That’s what Georgia did, beating No. 21 Missouri 70-64 in overtime the day after head coach Mark Fox attended his own father’s funeral.
Raymond Lewis Fox, a longtime high school coach in Kansas, passed away on Saturday from lung disease at the age of 78. The younger Fox attended a memorial service in Garden City, Kan., on Tuesday before joining the team for their Southeastern Conference opener.
Georgia (7-6) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and led by five points at the half. Missouri (12-2) opened the second half on a 12-4 run, taking a 35-34 advantage on a 3-pointer from Earnest Ross. The game went back and forth before going into overtime, when both teams missed chances at a buzzer-beating win in regulation.
The Tigers took an early edge in the extra frame, leading 63-58 with 2:53 to play. The Bulldogs would go on a 12-1 run to close out the contest and snap Missouri’s 26-game home winning streak. With time winding down and the victory sealed, Fox broke down on the sidelines, being comforted by both players and coaches.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN