The third ranked Missouri Tigers shot just 38% for the game, including just 8 of 26 from long range as the Kansas State Wildcats come into Mizzou Arena and win 78-68.
Missouri, down by as many as 16, cut it to 4 after two free throws by Michael Dixon with 2:21 left, but Jordan Henriquez answered with an alley-oop dunk following a Tiger timeout. The Wildcats extended the lead on two free throws by Henriquez after a Steve Moore foul on a missed Dixon three-pointer and built a cushion from the foul line in the final minute. The Tigers were 1 of 10 from beyond the arc in the final six and a half minutes.
Dixon scored 21 and Marcus Denmon added 19 for Missouri. The Tigers entered the game hitting more than 50 percent of their shots, best in the Big 12 and third-best nationally.
The K-State loss was Missouri’s first home defeat of the season and just the fourth career loss at Mizzou Arena for the Tigers’ 5-man senior class. It also kept Missouri from the best start in school history. The previous two Missouri teams to start 25-2, in 1990 and 1994 under coach Norm Stewart, also lost.
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