Missouri Meltdown

On a night that was considered to be a must-win for the Baylor Bears (17-10, 6-7), the #21 Missouri Tigers (22-6, 8-5) dominated from the get-go, dropping the Bears 77-59. The fast-paced Mizzou attack caused havoc for the Bears, forcing 21 turnovers and causing them to fall behind early.

J'mison Morgan got Baylor on the board on the game's opening possession, giving the Bears a quick 2-0 lead. However, as has been the case much of this season, the Bears went silent. Over four minutes passed before a Quincy Acy layup gave the Bears another basket. Luckily for Baylor, Mizzou came out of the gate slowly as well. At the first media time out with 14:12 remaining, the Tigers led 9-4.

The Bears struggled to make anything happen offensively in the first half. Missouri's "fastest 40 minutes" style caused the Bears to fall behind early. Baylor continuously turned the ball over and Mizzou made them pay. The Tigers were able to successfully shut out Lacedarius Dunn for the entire first half, something that hasn't happened all season long. When your star player is held scoreless, you need your other star to step up. Freshman Perry Jones couldn't get going either, however, being held to just 2 points in the first half. With time winding down in the half and the Bears trailing 33-17, it looked like it was going to be Baylor's lowest-scoring first half of the season until Stargell Love connected from midcourt as time expired to send the Bears to halftime down 13.

The beginning of the second half showed a little promise for Baylor fans. Just over a minute in the, Dunn connected from the three-point line. Anthony Jones, Acy, Dunn, and Morgan each scored over the next 3 minutes to cut the lead to 39-31. However, that was as close as the Bears could make it. Laurence Bowers hit two free throws and connected on a jumper the next time down, extending the Tigers' lead. Following a 14-4 Mizzou run, the Bears were shut down just as quickly as they had come alive. Try as they might, Baylor never could go on a significant run to bring the game back within reach.

Acy was the Bears' leading scorer with 13 points off the bench, followed by 12 from Dunn. Morgan, Jones, and Love (who has averaged less than 2 points per game this season) each had 10 points against the Tigers.

The Bears have a chance to sweep the #17 Texas A&M Aggies (22-5, 9-4) this Saturday at 8:00 in Waco.

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