Road Woes Continue for Mizzou Basketball

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With Zou Crew in attendance, the No. 17 Missouri Tigers looked to snap the streak and shake off their road woes as they traveled to Baton Rouge, La., to face LSU. Despite the return of previously injured senior leader, Laurence Bowers, Missouri couldn’t gain the lead after a rough first half, losing in a tight battle, 73-70.

The Tigers were led in part by Phil Pressey and Jabari Brown as they combined for a total of 44 points while going 5-19 from behind the arc.

Right from the tip, LSU demonstrated its quickness and resilience, as Mizzou could not find answers for hot shooting guards Anthony Hickey and Andre Stringer. Stringer finished with 18 points behind four three pointers and a 6-6 performance from the free throw line.

The tale of the game was a carbon copy of the previous two road games for the Tigers as turnovers and a poor shooting percentage left Mizzou trailing by 13 points at half.

The Tigers shot 26.9 percent from the field and struggled to get points in the paint. Mizzou did not get much production out of its frontcourt as Bowers finished with 10 points and Alex Oriakhi had only a free throw on the night.

As their backs were against the wall again on the road, the Tigers came out in the second half and were able to cut the lead to 46-42 with the 14 minutes remaining in the game. However, Hickey quieted the Tiger rally as he extended the LSU lead with seven straight points.

After another run by the Tigers, Pressey was able to find Brown at the top of the key to connect a huge three and bring the score to 59-54 with five minutes left. Following a tie up, Earnest Ross converted a flashy drive to the bucket to cut the lead down to three.

The game might have gone the Tigers way, but a costly turnover by Pressey led to a fast break four-point play as Pressey fouled Stringer, giving LSU the lead of 65-58 with three minutes left.

With the loud roar of Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU’s side, Mizzou did not give in to the pressure as Pressey found Brown again in the corner to cut the lead to 65-63 with 1:03 remaining.

After LSU couldn’t capitalize on multiple trips to the line during the last minute, Mizzou was given two golden opportunities to tie the game. However, Pressey missed and hit the front rim on his three attempt, and Ross’s desperation heave did not get off before time expired.

Missouri now falls to 15-5 overall and 4-3 in SEC action. The Tigers will look to bounce back at home as they host the Auburn Tigers at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

-Justin Frisch
23 Sports
Staff Writer