Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

After coming off a win against Oregon State in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam, the Tigers faced No. 12 Kansas State, their first game of the season against a ranked opponent, in the championship game of the tournament. It was the 237th meeting between the former Big 12 rivals, but the first since 2015. The Tigers kept pace for most of the first half, but a 13-0 Kansas State run before half helped lead the Wildcats to a 82-67 victory.

Kansas State got off to a quick 7-0 lead, but Missouri fought back, keeping it close for most of the first half. The game was tied at 27 all after a Reed Nikko dunk with 4:17 remaining in the half, but Kansas State ended the first on a 13-0 run, aided by three three-pointers. The Wildcats started the second half the way they ended the first, and the game was never really in doubt through most of the second 20 minutes.

The Tigers sophomore big man Jeremiah Tilmon struggled to stay out of foul trouble yet again, which resulted in Tilmon fouling out and recording only two points and four rebounds. Missouri was once again led by the Senior guard Jordan Geist who had 24 points on 7-15 shooting. The Tigers offense also received help from freshman Xavier Pinson who had a career high 12 points and Sophomore Mark Smith who tallied 11 points on the evening. The Tigers also struggled defensively as they gave a season high 82 points. Missouri allowed the Wildcats senior Forward Dean Wade to score 21 points while shooting 80 percent from the field. But it was not just a one man show as a total of four Wildcats scored at least 10 points in the game. The defensive struggles ultimately led to the Tigers defeat as they fell 82-67 to Kansas State. Overall, the Tigers went 2-1 in the Paradise Jam. Jordan Geist was named to the Paradise Jam All-Star team.

The Tigers leave the Virgin Islands and travel back to Columbia to continue their non-confernce schedule as they suit up against the Temple Owls on November 27th. The game will be played at Mizzou Arena at 8 p.m. Central Time and will be aired on SEC Network.