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Jake Cookson, 23 Sports

Tuesday, February 23-

The Missouri men’s basketball team dropped its 25th straight road match Tuesday night falling to the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford 85-76. Despite making season-high 12 baskets from behind the arc, it was the Tigers’ defense that proved to be their breaking point.

Missouri came into Oxford looking to avenge a tight loss to the Rebels earlier in the month. However, Ole Miss senior Stefan Moody came out with a hot hand. Moody routed the Tigers defense in the first half and landed just short of a triple-double on the night with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

Despite the great shooting of the Rebels to start the game, the Tigers claed their way back to a 24-20 lead at the mid-way mark of the first half following a 12-0 run.

Sophomore guard Namon Wright led the early comeback charge. Wright saw his fifth straight game in double digits finishing with 20 points and 5 boards, all highlighted by a dazzling 78 percent shooting display.

The game would remain a stout battle for the lead through the half, as the Tigers went into the locker room trailing 43-42.

The Tigers saw several clutch three-pointers from freshman K.J. Walton and sophomore Tramaine Isabell early in the second half. The players finished with 17 and 11 points, respectively, as both teams continued to exchange blows throughout the half.

Missouri’s 18 turnovers became a huge turning point for Ole Miss late in the game. The Rebels made the most of their breakaway opportunities extending the lead to 13 with just six minutes left to play and ultimately clenching the victory for the Rebels.

The Tigers look to turn things around at home on Saturday at 3 p.m. against a tough opponent in Texas A&M. To keep up with Mizzou basketball, be sure to follow them on Twitter @MizzouHoops or visit mutigers.com.

Photo courtesy of www.redcuprebellion.com.