Mizzou Basketball Gets Back on Track

Dylan Johnson, 23 sports

 The Missouri Tigers mens basketball team hit the road for the final time of the season on Tuesday night when they traveled to Nashville to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Tigers were able to snap their three game winning streak, and topped Vanderbilt by a score of 74-66.

The game meant a lot to the Tigers who, despite hitting many peaks this season, had found themselves closer to the NCAA Tournament bubble after three consecutive losses. In the three losses, the defense had been hard to come by, and opponents were scoring in any which way against Cuanzo Martin’s defense.

“We have to pick it up defensively…..We gave up 87 points tonight and 91 points the last game,” Jordan Barnett said after the Kentucky loss on Saturday, “So, we have to pick things up defensively and get back to how we normally defend.”

The Tigers achieved his goal and gave up just 66 points on the road Tuesday night.

On the court, the game was all about the freshman Jontay Porter, who had his best game of the season. The freshman scored a career high of 24 points, shooting 9/10 with four 3-pointers and grabbing seven rebounds. The big man dished out six assists to add to his monstrous night, despite playing only 29 minutes “We knew it was a must win,” Porter said afterwards, “We let three slip away from us but we knew it was a must win and we’re trying to play like every games our last and like tonight keep rolling”

Missouri didn’t just make strides on defense. The struggling offense had a resurgence, making 26 of 45 shots and was 12 of 22 from 3-point range.

Mizzou will be back in action for their home finale Saturday against Arkansas Razorbacks.