Missouri played its second consecutive game without Jeremiah Tilmon on Tuesday. The Tigers entered the game on a two-game losing streak. It was reasonable to think they would have defeated Arkansas in its previous game had Tilmon been available, but he’s out again because of a death in the family.
And this was a big game for Missouri. They were 6-3 in the SEC before dropping their last two games and falling to 6-5. A third consecutive loss would be painful.
Now, Georgia was giving up 85 points per game in SEC play entering the game, so it was reasonable to think Missouri would score rather easily in this game. In Georgia’s last game, they allowed 115 points to Alabama.
But the terrible Georgia defense against Alabama was not evident in this game. The Bulldogs got back on defense and slowed down Missouri’s transition game.
At the under-eight timeout in the first half, Missouri trailed 23-22. Their point distribution was terrific, though. Six players had scored, and nobody had more than five points.
Georgia does a pretty good job getting to the rim, but they also allow their opponents to get there as well. Missouri attacked the rim in the first half and had success doing it. Kobe Brown had the most success beating his man for close-in shots and finished the first half with 13 points.
Missouri led 37-33 at the half. They came out active in the second half and scored the first nine points to take a 46-33 lead, and appeared to be in control. But there was a long way to go.
Georgia’s offense came alive at the under-16 of the second half and dominated the rest of the game. The Bulldogs turned a 13-point second-half loss into a ten-point win.
The loss is the third in a row for Missouri. They really miss Jeremiah Tilmon. Cuonzo Martin said that the team expects Tilmon to be back soon. It couldn’t come soon enough.