COLUMBIA, Missouri— In a hotly contested game Sunday night, the University of Missouri men’s basketball team narrowly fell to a 58-56 loss to Mississippi State at Mizzou Arena. The match featured seven lead changes and nine draws, with an overall swing of 15 points.
Senior Javon Pickett led the way offensively for the Tigers, scoring a game-high 16 points, including 10 in the first half. Pickett added four rebounds, four assists and two steals in his 11and– double-digit scoring effort in conference play. Jarron Coleman and Kobe Brown also finished in double digits with 15 and 12 points, respectively.
After finishing the first half with an eight-point deficit, nine unanswered points for Mizzou shifted the momentum to the Tigers. Mizzou led for part of the second half, trailing 10 points from Coleman, including two three-pointers.
Mississippi State sank two layups in the final 40 seconds of the game, taking a two-point lead. After a missed Bulldogs free throw, Missouri took the ball to the floor and had a solid look but failed to land a shot. The Bulldogs finished the game on a 7-2 run in the 3:41 final to claim the road victory.
- Pickett tied an SEC personal best with four assists and seven field goals.
- Coleman finished in double digits for the ninth time in conference and 12and this season.
- Brown was 18and game of the season with 10 or more points and a team-high seven rebounds.
- Brown had a pair of blocks, marking the ninth time he has done so in his career against SEC teams.
Missouri stays at home for its fourth game in seven days as they host No. 16 Tennessee on Tuesday, February 22. The game is scheduled for a tip at 6 p.m. on SEC Network.
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