Tigers fall for record-tying 12th time

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By Matt Horn, 23 Sports

Thursday, Feb. 17-

In the second hardwood Border Line Rivalry of the year, the Missouri Tigers basketball fell once again to the No. 18 Arkansas Razorbacks 84-69. The loss gave the Tigers’ their 12th straight loss, tying the team’s all time record.

Wednesday night’s game marked the return of Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell. The freshman sat out four games due to poor on the court behavior. In his return, Isabell saw 26 minutes off the bench and tallied a team-high 13 points.

Jonathon Williams III was once again the Tigerss top performer, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

But despite the solid performances from Isabell and Williams, Michael Quall of Arkansas stole the show like he has done so many times this season. Qualls scored 21 points, marking the ninth time the junior guard has posted at least 20 points in a game this season.

The Tigers stuck with the second best team in the SEC for about twelve minutes of the first half before the Razorbacks pulled away. Arkansas went on a 12-0 run midway through the first half, and the youth of the Tigers could not catch up.

The Razorbacks held an eight-point lead at halftime, but came out of the break too hot for Missouri to handle. The lead quickly became insurmountable for the Tigers, and Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks would keep a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.

The Tigers shot the ball well throughout the game. The team went 50 perecent from the field, but struggled to make it to the free throw line- Missouri only shot 15 free throws all game.

Turnovers were a killer for the Tigers like they have been so many times this season. Missouri turned the ball over 20 times compared to Arkansas’s eight. Coupled with minimal mistakes, the Razorbacks lit it up from behind the arc and knocked down ten three pointers on the day.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Nashville, Tenn., to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Tip off is set for Saturday 1:30 p.m.