Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers basketball team squared off against the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Mizzou Arena looking to snap their four game losing streak. Missouri was able to snap that losing skid with the help of freshman guard Torrence Watson, who scored a team high 20 points in the 78-63 victory over the Gamecocks.

The first half was a bit of a defensive struggle, with the Tigers outscoring the Gamecocks 29-25. But in the second half both offenses exploded, Mizzou’s especially. The Tigers went off for 49 points to help seal the 78-63 wim. The Tigers held a steady lead for most of the half before ending the game on a 20-9 run to make the score look a little more lopsided.

The Tigers got a big help from senior forward Kevin Puryear, who scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. The Tigers did a phenomenal job on the glass, snagging 39 rebounds compared to South Carolina’s 27. The Tigers have now outrebounded their opponents 21 times in 28 games played this season. Missouri’s leading scorer Jordan Geist also added 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Geist has now scored in double digits 21 times in his last 25 games played. The Tigers got a big spark off the bench from Junior big man Reed Nikko who scored eight points and snatched four rebounds.

The Gamecocks were led by senior Guard Hassani Gravett, who scored 20 points on the day. Freshman Keyshawn Bryant also gave the Gamecocks support by adding 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Tigers will now travel to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs March 6. This game starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be aired on SEC Network.