Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

Despite holding the Volunteers to their second-lowest amount of points scored this season, Mizzou Men’s Basketball (11-10, 2-7) lost 72-60 at No. 1 Tennessee (21-1, 9-0) on Tuesday.

The Tigers played tight defense against the Volunteers throughout the game, but Tennessee gained momentum and extended their lead in the second half to push their home court winning streak to 21 games.

Mizzou’s stingy defense caused Tennessee to put up their second-lowest amount of points in a game this season while out rebounding the Volunteers, 36-34, and forcing Tennessee to commit eight turnovers. Tigers’ guard Xavier Pinson grabbed a career-high in rebounds with eight while scoring 10 points and shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Senior Jordan Geist added 11 points, while front court duo Jeremiah Tilmon and Kevin Puryear combined for 16 points and 11 rebounds.

At halftime Mizzou was down six points at 37-31, but a 7-0 Volunteer run in the opening minutes of the second gave Tennessee some breathing room. They extended their lead to 15 with 4:26 left in the game. Mizzou went cold in the second half, at one point not making a field goal for nearly four minutes. and the No. 1 ranked team took advantage during that stretch. Pinson scored six of his 10 points in the closing minutes in an effort to rally the Tigers, but it was not enough to pull off the upset.

The Missouri Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, February 9 as they face off against the Texas A&M Aggies in another conference matchup. The Tigers beat the Aggies 66-43 in their previous match up in College Station. Tip of is set for 5 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.