Without senior leader Laurence Bowers, the 10th ranked Missouri Tigers suffered their first SEC loss, never having a chance at Ole Miss, falling 64-49 Saturday night. The Tigers turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 35% for the game as they were held to 30 points below their season scoring average.
Mizzou missed their first eight shots of the game, including Jabari Brown’s 0 for 4 start and Phil Pressey went 0 for 2 as he turned the ball over twice in what started out as a 9-0 run for the Rebels. The Tigers finally scored when Tony Criswell scored after a missed three by Pressey. It was Criswell’s first game back since fracturing a finger in the Illinois game. He finished with six points.
Ole Miss, after scoring those first nine points of the game, never let Mizzou get closer than five the rest of the contest. Murphy Holloway led the Rebels with 22 points.
Brown finished with 13 for the Tigers, Keion Bell had 11 and Pressey finished with 10, but only had five assists to go with five turnovers.