The Missouri Tigers seemingly played two different halves in their final exhibition tune up. MU jumped out to a 46-19 lead over Missouri Southern University, but got out-scored 42-41 in the second half, for a less-than-enthusiastic 81-64 win over the Lions.
Marshall Brown scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the first half. He finished with nine rebounds. Thomas Gardner matched Brown’s scoring performance with 19 and he pulled down 10 boards.
In their 105-56 win over Bemidji St., MU was 7-of-12 from the three-point line, but on Wednesday they were 6-of-19, hitting just 2-of-10 in the second half. Last season, MU took more three-pointers than any other Big 12 team, hitting 30.6 percent—that was 11th in the league.
Missouri State was just 8-for-28 from the floor in the first half, but hit 50 percent in the second half. Ed Miles led the Lions with 11 points, while Matt Habermehl and Tyler Ryerson added ten apiece.