Men’s basketball extends losing streak to six

Maddie Boccardi, 23 Sports

Saturday, January 9—

Missouri’s men’s basketball team (5-9) traveled to Athens, Georgia, to take on another SEC opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tigers opened up last week with their first game of SEC play against LSU and fell short yet again. The Tigers battled hard against the Bulldogs but could not seal the win, losing 71-66.

Both teams started out slow offensively. Missouri looked good in the first half, led by point guard Terrence Phillips with six points and one assist and forward Jordan Barnett with seven points and five rebounds.

Jordan Barnett has become a great asset for the Tigers both offensively under the basket and on the boards defensively. Barnett became eligible second semester as a transfer from Texas.

Mizzou led the Bulldogs at halftime by six points because of their ability to limit their turnovers and convert Georgia’s mistakes into baskets.

The Tigers had a rocky start to the second half as Georgia went on an 8-0 run to start the half due to Missouri’s four turnovers.

Although the Tigers struggled with turnovers in the second half they battled with the Bulldogs, cutting their lead down to six points with five minutes remaining in the game. Barnett and Phillips were key players for the Tigers. Barnett finished the game with 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists while Phillips had 20 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Georgia owes their success against the Tigers to forward Yante Maten and point guard J.J. Frazier. Maten had 17 points and nine rebounds and Frazier had 16 points and four assists.

The Tigers will look to break their six-game losing streak as they head home to Mizzou Arena to take on the Auburn Tigers on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Tigers will be looking for their first conference win since Feb. 16, 2016 against South Carolina.