Tigers lose to Alabama, drop eighth straight

Tigers lose to Alabama, drop eighth straightTigers lose to Alabama, drop eighth straightTigers lose to Alabama, drop eighth straightTigers lose to Alabama, drop eighth straight

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By Erin Reynolds, 23 Sports

Wednesday, Feb. 4-

The Missouri Tigers struggled offensively on Wednesday night’s game against Alabama (14-8), dropping their eighth game in a row and dropping their record 1-8 in conference play and 7-15 on the season.

Both teams battled back and forth in the beginning of the first half, but it was Missouri who scored the first points and gained the early lead. The Tigers took advantage of their size early on in the contest with seniors Ryan Rosburg and Keanau Post, and sophomore Johnathon Williams III all getting buckets before the 10-minute mark. Post led the Tigers with eleven points.

Senior guard Keith Shamburger was one of the top performers for Mizzou with 11 assists, six rebounds, five points and two steals. The Tigers also out-rebounded the Crimson Tide in the first half.

Although Mizzou had a size advantage, Alabama excelled both offensively and defensively against the Tigers. The Crimson Tide made 43 percent of their field goals, and although their 33 percent three-point shooting wasn’t astounding, it was well-above the Tiger’s 17 percent. Alabama’s defense also stumped the Missouri team. The Tiger’s went nearly seven minutes without scoring until Williams III was fouled and knocked down two free-throws to end the drought.

The Tigers took advantage of Alabama’s empty possessions towards the end of the first half, and a dunk by freshman Jakeenan Gant brought Mizzou within 2, 26-24, going into the locker rooms.

Missouri led briefly at the beginning of the second half, but Alabama quickly regained, and kept, the lead for the rest of the game. Senior Levi Randolph led the way for the Crimson Tide with a game-high 20 points in addition to five rebounds. Although they were lacking in size compared to Missouri, Alabama also managed to out-rebound the Tigers 31-27.

Missouri will look to improve to 8-15 on the year when they take on Texas A&M this Saturday at Mizzou Arena at 5 p.m.