Roberto Soltero, 23 Sports

The Tigers took their five game winning streak, their longest since joining the SEC, into Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon to take on the LSU Tigers. The game went back and forth and all the way down to the wire. Missouri led by one with 28 seconds left on the clock. After an LSU timeout, Tremont Waters threw in a layup to put the home Tigers up a point. LSU again took a timeout, and it worked out again, Missouri couldn’t capitalize on their next possession as Kassius Robertson attacked the basket but was called for a charge. On the next inbounds play, Robertson stole the ball and attacked the basket couldn’t overcome the multiple defenders in front of him. The shot was long, and Cullen Van Leer could not secure the rebound as the clock hit zeroes. The game ended 64-63.

Missouri shot 45 percent from the field and 57 percent from three. It is very surprising to see a team lose when shooting this great but the Tigers made most of their baskets on jumpers and couldn’t score in the paint. 12 of Missouri’s 22 made field goals were three pointers. It was the worst game of the season at the free throw line for Missouri. The Tigers shot an abysmal 41.2% from the charity stripe. The Tigers also committed 12 turnovers. Eight of those turnovers were committed in the first half. LSU outrebounded Missouri 36-33.

The leading scorer for LSU was Tremont Waters who scored 21 points along with the game winning shot. Missouri’s leading scorer was Jordan Barnett who scored 18 points. All of Barnett’s made field goals (6) were three pointers. It was a game to forget for center Jeremiah Tilmon who scored one point and grab one rebound. Jordan Geist had a solid game scoring seven points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The Tigers lost for the first time in nearly three weeks. Missouri came into this game tied for third in the SEC standings and had the chance to possibly become ranked with a win. Now they fall to fourth in the SEC standings and have a 18-9 record. The Tigers have four games left on their schedule.

LSU’s next game is Tuesday when they face the Vanderbilt Commodores in Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Missouri’s next game is Tuesday when they host the Ole Miss Rebels. The Tigers beat Ole Miss 75-69 on Feb. 6. Start time for Tuesday’s game is 8pm CT.