Tigers come out flat, get crushed by Purdue in Maui

Tigers come out flat, get crushed by Purdue in Maui

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By Ron Davis, 23 Sports

Tuesday, Nov. 25-

The Missouri men’s basketball team may be playing basketball in Hawaii, but through two games of the Maui Invitational, it has been anything but a vacation. After falling to No.3 Arizona by 19 points on Monday, the Tigers were overwhelmed by Purdue from the opening tip. Although Mizzou put together a rally midway through the second half, they ultimately fell 82-61.

The Tigers really struggled to score early on, and started off the game 1-5 from the field. Eight minutes into the game, Purdue led 15-4. Foul trouble hindered Missouri from getting anything going on the offensive end as leading scorer Teki Gill-Caesar played only seven minutes in the half after two quick fouls.

Mizzou had nine turnovers and gave up six offensive rebounds in the first half. That was combined with a poor 20 percent shooting and it led to a lop-sided 45-20 Purdue advantage at the half.

In the second half, there was a clear change in effort for Mizzou, particularly on the defensive end. However, the shots kept falling for Purdue. After the Boilermakers extended their lead to 34 early in the half, the Tigers could have given up after realizing it wasn’t their day.

Instead, the young team played hard to the end. From 11:17 to 7:22, Missouri went on a 14-4 run. It still struggled putting the ball in the basket, but the stout defense lead to turnovers, which created more opportunities to score. The Tigers cut the lead from 34 to 19.

Purdue did a good job of drawing fouls the entire game, but it was very apparent in the last seven minutes, as 14 of their final 17 points came from the free-throw line. In total, Purdue got to the line 43 times, while Missouri only had 20 shot attempts.

The Tigers did outscore Purdue 41-37 in the second half but the awful start was too much to overcome. Jonathon Williams III and Keith Shamburger led the Tigers with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Mizzou will end their time in Maui playing in the 7th place game on Wednesday against the loser of BYU and Chaminade.