Missouri has been maligned on the road by supporters and critics alike. Wednesday night, they empahtically answered the question of “Will they win on the road?”Facing an undermanned Mississippi State team, the Tigers started the game up 14-0 and never looked back as they crushed the Bulldogs 78-36.
Missouri got inspired efforts by many of their players on the evening in a game that was scoreless for almost 3 minutes to start the game. Jabari Brown scored the first points of the game on a 3 and had 8 points as Missouri raced to a 14-0 lead to start the game, quite the role reversal from their other forrays on the road.
Mississippi State came into the game with just 6 scholarship players available. It seemed to show throughout the game, as the Bulldogs struggled to hit shots or defend the Tigers. They were 50% at the free throw line, a dismal 3-19 from 3 point range and shot an almost unbelievable 11-46 (23.9%) from the field.
Missouri was led by Keion Bell’s 24 points on the night, including an impressive 360 dunk in the second half. Jabari Brown added 20 points of his own while Lawrence Bowers was the only other Tiger in double figures, adding 11 points. Alex Oriakhi had 10 rebounds in the game while Phil Pressey led the team with 8 assists. Oriakhi and Pressey had 2 points apiece in the game.
It’s the Tigers’ first road win in the SEC and snaps a 5 game road losing streak on the season. Things get more interesting Saturday when the Tigers head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on former coach Mike Anderson and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Tip for the game is 3pm with pregame coverage beginning at 2:30pm on your home for Mizzou Basketball, ESPN 100.5 and Total Sports Station 103.1 KTGR.