Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports

Saturday, October 29–

Basketball season is back in gear here in Columbia as both the men’s and women’s squads took to the court Friday night for their black and gold scrimmages. The game featured just eight-minute halves, as opposed to the typical 20-minute halves that are played during the regular season and postseason. In the men’s game, Black defeated Gold 35-22 in a unique night that featured a crowd full of students and fans in costumes.

The winning team was made up primarily of returning players from last season’s Missouri squad that went 10-21 overall, including 3-15 in SEC play. The team last year, while not an NCAA tournament worthy team, did not get to take part in SEC tournament play due to a one year postseason ban.

The black squad dominated, but the game was fairly evenly matched in the second, as the gold won the scoring battle by one single point. The gold team was lead by junior forward Jordan Barnett, who put up eight points, including two three-pointers in the first half. He would go on to add an additional three pointer in Team Gold’s much-improved second half. The standout players for Team Black were sophomore forward Kevin Puryear, who grabbed ten boards, as well as sophomore guard K.J Walton, who led both teams with 14 points. Five of those points came from the charity stripe.

The expectations may not be very high entering this season, but the Tigers hope to continue to give the home crowd the same type of excitement they were able to deliver last night. Their first opponent of the year comes in the form of a scrimmage against Central Missouri on November 4 at Mizzou Arena.