By: Garrett Dvorkin
It was a tale of two halves for the Mizzou Men’s Basketball team Saturday as they fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-62.
Although the Tigers were down 17 points at the half, they showed resilience and outscored Mississippi State in the second half 42-39. Although there were many things that led to Missouri’s defeat, their three-point shooting ultimately ruined their chance for their second conference win. Mizzou finished shooting 2-of-25 from behind the arc, a dismal 8 percent.
Malik Newman was as dominant as expected leading all scorers with 19 points. He shot 6-of-11 from the field with five rebounds and three assists.
There is a saying that basketball is a game of runs, and this saying was very true Saturday. The Bulldogs started the game on a 19-9 run and didn’t really look back after that. Missouri had a last attempt run in the second half; they went on a 13-2 run that looked promising.
Unfortunately, the Tigers’ effort to close down the game stalled when they were down 10. After Mizzou had gotten the game to a manageable 10 point deficit at 71-61, the Tigers missed their final five shots. This scoring drought allowed Mississippi State to close out the game, improving their record to 9-11 and 2-6 in conference play.
Mizzou’s record fell to 8-13 overall, and 1-7 in the SEC. This was a game that a lot of Tigers’ fans thought Mizzou could win, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
A factor that impacted the game was the unavailability of sophomore guard Tramaine Isabell. Isabell was kept out of the game due to his “practice attitude and conduct.” He will rejoin the team for their next game against Ole Miss.