Mizzou Basketball Gets Chomped on Road

By Mitchel Summers, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Feb. 25-

The Missouri men’s basketball team will limp home after a tough 71-56 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. As the season comes to a close, this loss further darkens hope that Mizzou will make the NCAA tournament.

Perimeter shooting was Mizzou’s primary offensive scoring strategy and Georgia gave the Tigers’ shooters little room to breathe. Mizzou was held to season lows in both shooting percentage and total points scored.

At the game’s commencement, both teams seemed poised for offensive explosions. Georgia drew first blood by connecting on its first four shots attempted and Mizzou followed suit with great shooting from the charity stripe. It was Mizzou, though, that emerged with an early 16-15 lead.

From that point the half, the game started to turn ugly for the Tigers. Shots weren’t dropping through the net and Mizzou squandered the lead.

Georgia also took advantage of lackluster defensive performances with the spot-on shooting from forward Nemanja Djurisic. As the opening half came to its final minute, Djurisic splashed consecutive baskets from three-point land, including a trey right before the buzzer sounded.

Georgia’s 16-6 scoring run to close the half gave the Bulldogs a 31-22 lead going into the break.

Mizzou came out of the half looking primed to take back control of the game, but Georgia’s Charles Mann quickly put a stop to comeback hopes.

Mann drained a triple that ignited a 12-4 scoring run for Georgia. Mann continued his dominant performance for the remainder of the game as he scored 15 second-half points. Mann ended his day by leading all scorers with 19 points and he corralled eight boards.

Mizzou struggled for the remainder of the game with Georgia’s defense. Georgia cut off easy lanes to the basket and contested every shot. This strong defensive effort resulted in long periods between Mizzou scores.

Georgia ran over Mizzou down low as the Tigers were outscored 38-18 under the basket. This strong presence inside helped the Bulldogs extend their lead to over 20 points and also secured a regular-season sweep of the Tigers.

Mizzou will hope to end its late-season losing skid March 1 against Mississippi State at home, where the Tigers are 147-23 since the move to Mizzou Arena.

Tipoff is at 12:30 p.m.