Missouri was looking to back up their win over the weekend and get revenge on Mississippi Tuesday night, but neither happened.
Missouri held Mississippi to 38% shooting, even though it felt like Mississippi could get any shot they wanted. But Missouri was only able to shoot 35% themselves. Mississippi outrebounded Missouri by nine and made 15 free throws while Missouri shot just 11.
Add to those troubles, Xavier Pinson and Dru Smith combined to go 4-for-21 from the field, 2-for-12 behind the arc, and 1-for-2 from the line. How many games do you think Missouri would win with those two players putting up those stats? I would expect the Tigers to lose every game like that. And they lost this one.
Xavier Pinson took a lot of tough shots. Dru Smith did the same.
Missouri trailed 23-22 at the first half under-4 timeout. Mississippi then dominated the last segment, outscoring Missouri 10-2, and led 33-24 at the half.
Missouri trailed by 11 early in the second half. They closed the gap with Jeremiah Tilmon on the bench with the help of some tough shots by Mississippi. And with 11:00 minutes left in the game, Missouri tied it up at 39-39.
It was more energy from the Missouri defense and poor shot selection from Mississippi that turned the game around and got Missouri back into it.
But down the stretch, it was Mississippi who made the winning plays. Now Missouri has to figure out how to get out of this funk.