Jake Cookson, 23 Sports

Tuesday, November 24—

The Missouri men’s basketball team dropped its third straight game Tuesday night in a 67-62 loss to Northwestern during the consolation round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. This defeat also marks four straight losses to Big Ten opponents, dating back to the 2013-14 season.

Trying to bounce back after a big loss to Kansas State on Monday, the Tigers were once again unable to limit their turnovers out of the gate. This mishandling by the offense allowed the Wildcats to shoot their way to a 25-9 lead just 10 minutes into play.

The Tigers would allow the Wildcats to hold a 20-point advantage mid-way through the first half. They were unable to get the ball down in the paint and take the momentum out of the hands of Northwestern.

Only Freshman forward Kevin Puryear was able to ignite the Tigers offense before halftime, putting up seven physical points as Missouri salvaged a 14-point deficit heading into the half.

Second year coach Kim Anderson made the necessary adjustments in the locker room as the Tigers came running out of the tunnel and onto the scoreboard. Defensive changes allowed Missouri to be aggressive on the offensive end of the ball, dominating the Wildcats with a 25-11 run 10 minutes into the second half.

This trend would continue for the Tigers, ultimately cutting the lead to 3 with just 34 seconds left to play.

Great shooting from the charity stripe is what would end up being the decisive factor for Northwestern however, as it would protect its lead and help propel itself to a nail-biting 5-point victory over a relentless Missouri offense.

With the loss, Missouri falls to 2-3 on the young season, while Northwestern advances to 4-1. The Tigers have plenty of time to regroup before facing Arkansas State (2-2) on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Columbia.