Erik Kase, 23 Sports
Wednesday, February 8—
Coming off their first SEC win of the season, which marked the end of a 13-game losing streak, Missouri looked to use their momentum from the Rally for Rhyan game as they faced off against Texas A&M. The Tigers (6-17, 1-10 SEC) kept the game relatively close but fell 76-73.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, forcing Missouri to take a timeout, but the Tigers responded with a 10-2 run of their own thanks to the hot shooting of forward Jordan Barnett.
Barnett hit three 3-pointers in the first half and Texas A&M soon put defensive pressure on him that allowed other players to chip in on the offensive end. Guard K.J. Walton had eight first half points, including a thunderous fast break dunk with 6:38 left to go in the first half. A jumper by Jordan Geist cut the Aggies lead to 38-32 going into halftime.
The Tigers started strong in the second half by hitting their first four shots including a 3-pointer by Cullen VanLeer. Barnett, who scored a game high 23 points, continued his scoring in the second half with a steal and a dunk with 13 minutes left. Missouri did not lead the entire game, although a 3-pointer by Barnett tied the game at 65 with 5:34 left. The Tigers would only hit three shots the remainder of the game.
Barnett had arguably his best game as a Tiger by shooting 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. The only other player to score in double digits for Missouri was K.J. Walton, who scored 12 points. For the Aggies, Admon Gilder played all 40 minutes and scored 22 points. He was one of four players for Texas A&M in double figure points.
The Missouri Tigers return home to Columbia this Saturday to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tip-off from Mizzou Arena is set for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.