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Mizzou stalls after halftime in 11th straight loss, 89-74 at Mississippi State

Kim Anderson after Mizzou's 30th straight road loss

Missouri coach Kim Anderson discussed an 87–74 loss Wednesday against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. It was the Tigers' 30th consecutive loss on the road.
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Missouri coach Kim Anderson discussed an 87–74 loss Wednesday against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss. It was the Tigers' 30th consecutive loss on the road.

The play didn’t materially affect the outcome Wednesday at Mississippi State’s Humphrey Coliseum, but the symbolism was unmistakable for Missouri.

After the Tigers snagged two offensive rebounds on the opening possession of the second half, junior forward Jordan Barnett lowered a shoulder and drove hard from the left wing.

He was hacked by Bulldogs sophomore forward Aric Holman but still got up a shot — the ball rolling tantalizingly around the rim before settling on the back iron, where it stopped.

The hot-shooting Tigers led by four points at halftime, but that momentum — like Barnett’s layup try — stalled early in the second half.

“I was just like, ‘Man, what do I have to do?’ ” Barnett said.

Undoubtedly, Missouri wonders what it must do to win again after Mississippi State made its first seven second-half shots and roared back for an 89-74 victory.

“Obviously, it was a tale of two halves,” third-year Tigers coach Kim Anderson said.

During that 15-4 run to open the second half, Weatherspoon, who finished with a career-high 29 points on 11 of 17 shooting, made three straight jumpers.

“We anticipated (a Mississippi State run) — we talked about it and we talked about what we needed to do,” Anderson said. “But I’m not sure anybody could have stopped Weatherspoon for a while there.”

Meanwhile, Missouri (5-14, 0-7 SEC) missed its first seven second-half shots and needed nearly 8 minutes before sophomore guard Jordan Geist’s layup with 12:07 remaining.

“We lost it quick in that second half,” said Barnett, who finished with team-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds. “They came out (of) the gate spraying.”

The Tigers had managed to stop the bleeding by that point, trailing only 57-53, but freshman guard Lamar Peters’ three-point bonanza ensured a Bulldogs win.

Peters drilled three-pointers on five straight Mississippi State possessions during a personal 2-minute, 34-second blitzkrieg.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said MU sophomore forward Kevin Puryear, who scored 13 points with seven rebounds. “For him to come down five straight possessions and make five consecutive threes, that was impressive, especially coming from a freshman.”

When Peters was finished, the Bulldogs (13-6, 4-3 SEC) led 72-59 and the Tigers never again drew closer than seven points.

“Peters and Weatherspoon took over and we really had no answer,” Anderson said. “ … They did a good job of spreading the floor, and we don’t guard the ball well, then they made their open shots.”

The loss was the 11th straight for Missouri, which is tied for the fourth-longest losing skid in program history. It was also the Tigers’ 12th straight conference loss, which is the second-longest such losing streak in program history.

Mississippi State’s win also extended Mizzou’s program-record slides in true road games to 30 in a row overall and 27 in a row in SEC play.

Peters finished with 23 points, including six second-half three-pointers, for the Bulldogs.

Missouri led 43-39 at halftime — the fourth time it’s done that in seven conference games — thanks to an uncharacteristically hot shooting performance.

The Tigers were 16 of 26 from the field, including 7 of 12 from three-point range — well above the team’s season averages of 39.3 percent overall and 28.5 percent from long distance.

It was a balanced effort, with five MU players contributing at least five points, led by Puryear’s 10 and sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer’s nine on 3 of 3 shooting from deep.

Weatherspoon — and two intentional fouls whistled against Mizzou — kept Mississippi State in the game by pumping in 18 first-half points on 7 of 10 shooting.

“When you’ve got a player like that and he takes over like that, it’s hard to stop him,” said Geist, who scored 16 points.

The Tigers’ 43 first-half points were the most since the season-opener against Alabama A&M, but Anderson’s squad cooled off to 32.1 percent in the second half — going 9 of 28 overall and 0 of 9 from three-point range.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 89

MISSOURI 74

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Missouri

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Barnett

32

7-12

2-2

8

0

3

18

Puryear

37

3-9

7-8

7

1

0

13

Woods

12

0-0

0-3

3

1

5

0

Geist

26

6-13

5-6

4

0

1

18

Walton

13

0-2

1-2

1

1

1

1

VanLeer

28

3-4

0-0

1

1

2

9

Phillips

28

3-6

2-2

2

4

5

9

Hughes

13

2-5

0-0

3

2

2

4

Nikko

11

1-3

0-0

2

0

3

2

Totals

200

25-54

17-23

31

10

22

74

Percentages: FG .463, FT .739. Three-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (VanLeer 3-4, Barnett 2-6, Geist 1-4, Phillips 1-4, Hughes 0-1, Puryear 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: None. Turnovers: 10 (Phillips 3, Hughes 2, Puryear 2, Walton 2, Geist). Steals: 1 (Geist). Technical Fouls: None. Fouled Out: Woods, Phillips.

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Miss. State

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Kegler

34

5-9

5-7

5

2

2

16

Herard

19

1-2

1-7

4

0

2

3

Peters

20

8-12

0-0

1

2

4

23

Stapleton

10

2-5

0-0

1

0

3

5

Weatherspoon

32

11-17

5-6

8

4

1

29

Ready

34

0-1

0-0

4

8

2

0

Holman

23

1-2

2-5

1

0

2

4

Wright

17

3-4

0-0

0

0

1

7

Carter

5

1-1

0-0

2

0

0

2

Datcher

4

0-1

0-0

1

0

1

0

Davis

1

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

0

Washington

1

0-1

0-0

0

0

1

0

Totals

200

32-56

13-25

28

16

19

89

Percentages: FG .571, FT .520. Three-Point Goals: 12-23, .522 (Peters 7-11, Weatherspoon 2-6, Stapleton 1-1, Wright 1-1, Kegler 1-4). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots: 5 (Holman 4, Peters). Turnovers: 7 (Holman 2, Weatherspoon 2, Peters, Stapleton, Wright). Steals: 4 (Weatherspoon 2, Peters, Ready). Technical Fouls: None. Fouled Out: None.

Half: Missouri 43-39. Att: 7,101.

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