Henry Politz – 23 Sports

The No. 10 ranked Missouri Tigers travelled to Oxford last night to take on the Ole Miss Rebels in a game that started at 8 p.m. Mizzou got off to a hot start in the first half, jumping out to a 12-5 lead early-on. Once Ole Miss hit a three-pointer to bring the score to 12-8, there were five lead changes and neither team led by more than five points for the remainder of the first half. Ole Miss went into the halftime break leading the Tigers 42-37. While the first half was a back-and-forth, neck-and-neck game, the second half was completely one-sided.

Ole Miss went on a 13-4 scoring run to start the second half, putting them up 57-41 with 15 minutes left in the game. From there, it never got any better for the Tigers, as Ole Miss continued to out-rebound and out-shoot the Tigers, and led them by more than 15 points for the remainder of the second half. Overall, Ole Miss outscored Mizzou 38-22 in the second half, leading them to win the game 80-59.

The story of this game was Mizzou’s lack of free throw shooting and rebounding. Mizzou only made one third of their free throws, going 5-15 from the line. Ole Miss, on the other hand, went 14-17 from the line, which is a free throw percentage of over 80%. On top of that, Ole Miss shot 56.9% from the field, made 38.1% of their 3-pointers, and out-rebounded Mizzou 34-19. While Mizzou did have a better 3-point percentage than Ole Miss this game (42.1%), the Tigers’ lack of free throw shooting and rebounding was not enough to keep them in this game.

Offensively, Dru Smith led the way for Mizzou with 17 points. He was 6-15 from the field and also drained five 3-pointers on 9 attempts. Dru Smith also racked up 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals on the defensive end. Kobe Brown scored 9 points and brought in 3 rebounds, and Javon Pickett contributed 10 points off the bench. Drew Buggs added 3 assists and Jeremiah Tilmon got 6 rebounds for the Tigers.

On the other side, Jarkel Joiner led the way offensively for Ole Miss with 21 points. He was 8-14 from the field, 1-4 from 3-point range, and he made all four of his free throws. Joiner also added 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Devontae Shuler and Luis Rodriguez added 15 points each and Robert Allen, Luis Rodriguez, and KJ Buffen each added 6 rebounds. In addition to adding six rebounds, Allen and Buffen each added four assists, and Buffen added three steals as well.

With this win, Ole Miss is back to .500 in conference play (6-6) and their overall record improves to 11-8. Mizzou is now 6-4 in conference play and their overall record is 13-4. Despite the loss, Mizzou remains in the Top 5 in SEC standings, but it is unlikely that they will hold on to their No. 10 national ranking.

About Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)

View all posts by Smith, Kayler (MU-Student)