Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

In his final game at Mizzou Arena, Jordan Barnett posted a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. His big numbers and stifling defense lead Tigers to a 77-67 win Arkansas on Saturday.

Daniel Gafford led the Razorbacks in scoring with 16 points and added four blocked shots. Daryl Macon recorded 12 points and dished out six assists. Leading scorer Jaylen Barford did not have his best night, despite putting 11 points and grabbing five rebounds, he shot just 4 of 13 from the field. C.J. Jones left the game during the second half with a knee injury and did not return.

Seniors Jordan Barnett, Kassius Robertson, and Brett Rau were all honored on Senior night. Along with his double-double, Barnett knocked down half of the Tigers 10 three pointers and played the entirety of the ballgame. Robertson dropped 14 points while knocking down three triples. In their previous meeting with Arkansas, Jontay Porter and Jeremiah Tilmon combined for just nine points and seven rebounds. In this contest they combined to have 36 points and 16 rebounds. Tilmon posted 17 points and eight rebounds while Porter put up 19 points and eight rebounds of his own. The Tigers were dominant on the glass, out rebounding the Razorbacks 37-25. Cullen VanLeer left in the second half with what was initially diagnosed as an ACL tear that will end his season. Despite Cuonzo Martin saying that he could play, Michael Porter Jr. did not play in this game, but hopes to return during the SEC tournament.

Arkansas led early in the game as Daniel Gafford and Daryl Macon helped them get off to a good start. Although the Tigers were able to chip away with buckets from Kassius Robertson and Jordan Barnett. It was back and forth until late in the first half when Jontay Porter dished it to Jeremiah Tilmon for a wide open dunk to give the Tigers a five point lead and they extended it to a 39-31 lead at halftime. In the second, Arkansas started to increase their pressure on defense to help them get back in the game. After the Tigers lost Cullen VanLeer for the game, they were left with only seven healthy scholarship players. Anton Beard tied it at 51 apiece after a steal off an inbound, but the Tigers responded with a 7-0 run with five of the points coming from Jordan Barnett. The Tigers managed to take care of the basketball the rest of the way, and Barnett drilled a clutch three with over a minute remaining to seal the victory.

After losing three games in a row, Missouri ends the regular season on a two-game winning streak. They reached 20 victories on the season, clinched the No. 5 seed in the SEC tournament, and might have punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers next game will be in the SEC Tournament and they will open play on Thursday. They will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 12 seed Georgia and No. 13 seed Vanderbilt.