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Kyle Morgan, 23 Sports

Sunday, December 13—

It was not pretty from the get-go for the Missouri Tigers, as they started slow out of the gate and never led in an eventual 88-52 loss at the hands of No. 13 Arizona at the McKale Center in Tucson. The loss snaps the Tigers three game win streak and drops their record to 5-4 on the year, while the Wildcats improve to 9-1 extending their win streak to four games.

Mizzou failed to have a player reach double figures in scoring, with Namon Wright leading the pack at a measly nine points. Wes Clark and Jakeenan Gant followed with eight points apiece, while Terrance Phillips shot a woeful 2-for-9 from the field en route to his seven points.

The Tigers sluggish showing can be blamed on their brutally cold shooting, only 30 percent from the field, compared to a blistering 56 percent for the Wildcats. The hosts led by 19 points at the half and stretched that lead to as much as 39 in the second half.

Arizona dominated Mizzou in virtually every category, including a 44-27 edge in rebounds and a 20-6 thrashing in assists. The one–and perhaps only–bright spot that head coach Kim Anderson can take away from his Tigers team was the improvement of ball security. After Mizzou committed a season high 18 turnovers in its previous contest against Nebraska-Omaha, the Tigers turned the ball over 12 times, compared to 15 for Arizona.

Despite losing the turnover battle, the Wildcats dominated in every other aspect of the game. Senior forward Mark Tollefsen led the way for Arizona with 17 points. Senior guard Gabe York and true freshman Alonzo Trier followed suit with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Senior Ryan Anderson flirted with a double-double, notching 14 points and 9 rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting.

Mizzou will have nearly a full week to regroup from a dreadful showing in the desert, as it takes on the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Mizzou Arena.

Photo courtesy of www.bleacherreport.com.