Ashley Wright, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team took a tough loss against the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday night. In the matchup between old Big 12 rivals, both teams entered the game having won their season openers. With Missouri turning the ball over 25 times, it did not take long for Iowa State to put on a dominant offensive performance and come away with the 76-59 win.

Both teams got off to a pretty rough start offensively, but early on Mizzou was able to hold tight with the Cyclones, even taking a 20-16 lead with 6:06 remaining in the first half. But while the Mizzou offense went cold, the Cyclones’ offense heated up. Iowa State ended the first half with a 9-0 run that proved to be a momentum booster going into the second half. During the opening minutes of the second half, the Cyclones were able to extend their lead to 47-30. As the game went on, Missouri cut into the Iowa State lead, but the Cyclones kept the hot hand and scored eight straight points to gain back control of the game.

Cyclones guard Marial Shayok posted 20 points and fellow guard Nick Weiler-Babb finished the game with 16 with six assists. Not only did the Cyclones get production from an explosive backcourt, but forward Michael Jacobson found a way to pitch in 15 points.

Missouri was led in scoring by sophomore guard Mark Smith, who dropped 15 points. Despite Smith’s efforts, most of the stats were ugly for Missouri. The Tigers committed 26 fouls in the loss.

The Missouri Tigers will be back in action on Friday, November 16 as they face off against the Kennesaw State Owls at 2:00 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.