Tigers slain by Sword, fall to Miss. State

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By Patrick Windsor, 23 Sports

Saturday, Feb. 14 –

Mississippi State guard Craig Sword led the way, with 22 points, en route to a 77-74 victory over Missouri (7-18, 1-11 Southeastern).

The Bulldogs hot shooting gave themselves as a lead of17 points early in the game, capped off by a three-pointer from Fred Thomas with 7:24 remaining in the first half. Mississippi State (12-13, 5-7) shot 66.7 percent from the field and took a 40-29 lead into the half.

Missouri looked dead in the water for most of the game until D’Angelo Allen’s monster put-back dunk with 17:57 remaining in the first half, to pull the Tigers within single digits. Allen provided a much needed spark to start a Missouri second-half comeback.

Sophomore Jonathan Williams III took that spark and took over for the Tigers, posting a career high 27 points. Keith Shamburger and Ryan Rosburg, alongside Williams, kept the Tigers in the game, putting up 15 and 12 points respectively.

Every time the Tigers pulled within a possession or two of the Bulldogs, they would have an answer. Missouri even took a 64-63 lead in the game with 4:31 remaining, but the Bulldogs quickly regained the lead on the ensuing possession.

Sword and Roquez Johnson made sure that the Tigers would not complete their comeback, both scoring 22 points. They were the ones who made clutch shots when it seemed the Tigers were gaining the momentum in the game.

Mizzou lost one of their leading scorers, Wes Clark due to an injury sustained in their previous game against South Carolina, but they were still able to put up a good offensive showing with 74 points. All in all, it was not enough as Missouri lost its 11th consecutive game.

Missouri is approaching their longest losing streak in nearly 50 years. The 1966-67 Tigers lost 12 consecutive games.

Missouri will be back in action on Wednesday at rival Arkansas. Tip-off will be at 8p.m. on SEC Network.