Hughes and Jackson ‘going hard’ for Missouri basketball

COLUMBIA — Willie Jackson had a hunch at halftime of Missouri’s 81-55 win over Miami University (Ohio) that Frankie Hughes, a childhood friend and teammate since high school, was going to respond positively after a tough first half.

The freshman guard went 2 for 6 from the field and had to sit out 10 minutes because of foul trouble before the break.

After head coach Kim Anderson gave a halftime speech voicing his displeasure at the team’s one-point lead, Hughes started off the second half by converting a four-point play.

Hughes’ start to the second half sparked 55 team points over the final 20 minutes.

“I know what was about to happen,” Jackson said. “I told the whole coaching staff, ‘There it goes right there.'”

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