The Missouri Tigers shooting was cold most of the game and through most of the played flat and lost to Texas A & M at Mizzou Arena 77-69.
The Tigers would go five minutes and 12 seconds into the game before getting off their score off of two, thanks to a three pointer by freshmen Justin Safford. Both teams would struggle to score points as A & M was just 1 of 10 on three pointers, but Mizzou did have one scoring burst. Down 16-12 with 11 minutes to go in the first half, the Tigers went on a 10-0 to open a six point lead, their biggest of the game. DeMarre Carroll and freshmen Justin Safford with 8 points each in the first half as the Tigers led 30-25 at the half.
The refs let both teams play early on, and then the whistles were blowing. Mizzou, who only had seven fouls in the first half, got blown for five in the first four minutes of the second. At the same time, A & M opened up the second half on a 15-0 run to jump out to a 40-30 lead. Just like the first half Mizzou would have trouble getting started in the second. J.T. Tiller’s jump shot five minutes and 14 seconds into the half were the Tigers first two points of the second half. The Aggies would continue to out hustle and out rebound the Tigers opening up their biggest lead of 18, 57-39 with six minutes to play.
The most exciting part of the game came with less than two minutes when Leo Lyons would come up with a steal and basket to cut the A & M lead to nine at 65-56. Then Justin Safford got called for a foul on what appeared to be a jump ball when he wrestled with an A & M player with the ball at half-court. One official right on top of the play called it a jump ball, but another official 30 feet behind the play called Safford with the foul. That killed any chance of a Mizzou comeback. Lyons with a big second half as he finished with 24.
The Tigers were headed for their lowest scoring output of the year, at 40 with 5:59 to play, but Lyons would get hot and score 19 of Mizzou’s final 29 points.