Erik Kase, 23 Sports

Thursday, December 29—

After news broke that freshman forward Willie Jackson would transfer from the program, the Missouri Tigers basketball team (5-7) had to shift its focus to their game against the Lipscomb Bisons (7-9). Unfortunately for the Tigers, the shots didn’t fall in crunch time, and Lipscomb won 81-76.

With no Jackson or fellow freshman Frankie Hughes, the Tigers had to rely on other players to find points. Junior college transfer Jordan Geist led the way with 18 points, including eight from the free throw line. Another transfer, Jordan Barnett, who came from Texas, had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Lipscomb, on the other hand, was able to score in bunches. Nathan Moran was their leading scorer with a game-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers.

The real difference between the two teams was 3-point shooting. The Tigers shot only 20 percent from long range, and only made one 3-pointer in the second half. Lipscomb was able to knock down ten 3-pointers, shooting 38.5 percent. Missouri beat Lipscomb in many other statistical categories. The Tigers collected 47 rebounds against 34 from the Bisons. Mizzou’s real downfall was outside shooting, and it is easy to see how important that is when trying to win a basketball game.

Missouri will look to improve its outside shooting when LSU comes to Columbia to kick off SEC play. The game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Mizzou Arena. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network.