The only time Missouri threatened to create some breathing room came when Pressey followed his own basket with a 3-pointer with 7:15 to go, giving the Tigers a 73-69 lead.
Tamares was there to provide a 3-pointer of his own.
The game was tied 81-all when O'Quinn plucked an airball out of midair and put it back with 34.9 seconds left, getting fouled in the process. The three-point play made it 84-81.
O'Quinn added the first of two free throws moments later, but Pressey hit a deep 3-pointer from the wing with just a shade over 10 seconds left, giving Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — seated two rows behind the Tigers' bench — some reason to hope.
Rodney McCauley restored an 86-84 lead with the first of two free throws, and after a loose ball wound up in Norfolk State's hands, O'Quinn missed both of his foul shots.
That set the stage for Missouri's dramatic final possession.
A possession that nobody at tiny Norfolk State will ever forget.
"Coming into the game, I believed it. I believed it from the jump. Honest to God's truth," McCauley said. "We've got good shooters. We dig deep. We're not ready to go home yet. We've got five seniors. We're ready to keep playing."
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