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Brian Consiglio, 23 Sports

Saturday, January 30—

The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team (8-13, 1-7 SEC) fell to the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-11, 2-6 SEC) by a score of 76-62 Saturday night at Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers struggled from behind the arc going 2-for-25, a dismal 8 percent three point shooting percentage. Mizzou missed its first 15 three pointers before starting point guard Terrance Philips ended the drought in the second half.

Even with leading scorer Gavin Ware out with an injury, Mississippi State put on an offensive show. The backcourt of Malik Newman and Quinndary Weatherspoon combined for 37 points on 50 percent from behind the three-point line.

Weatherpoon also racked up 14 total rebounds including eight offensive boards, which led to plenty of second chance opportunities for the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Namon Wright led the Tigers with 16 points, 9 rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field. Phillips scored 10 points and tallied four steals, which led to fast break opportunities in transition.

In a sloppy game with double digit turnovers from both teams, Phillips was the most exciting player on the court for the Tigers. He jumped into the stands to go after loose balls and utilized his speed to lead fast breaks in transition after Bulldog turnovers.

Mizzou missed all 13 of its three point shots in the first half. Going into Saturday night’s SEC matchup, the Tigers were shooting 31 percent from three, last in the SEC.

The Tigers shot 40 percent from the free throw line in the first half, while Mississippi State shot 83 percent. Missouri outscored the Bulldogs in the second half, but had dug itself into too big of a hole, a familiar occurrence this season.

The Tigers next play Wednesday, Feb. 3, hosting Ole Miss at Mizzou Arena.

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