Stefan Moody led a late charge for the Rebels. He scored a game-high 23 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds left to put Ole Miss ahead, as the visitors emerged with a 76-73 Southeastern Conference victory at Mizzou Arena.
“We competed for 40 minutes tonight,” Missouri guard Terrence Phillips told reporters. “When they got up by six, we fought our way back. This was a winnable game. We were right there. We put ourselves in a good position with five minutes left, and that’s what we want to do every night. But this is just a tough one here.”
Missouri (8-13 overall, 1-8 in SEC) has lost seven straight games.
Junior guard Wes Clark led the Tigers with 20 points but missed two shots in the final minute. Phillips had 14 points and five steals. Sophomore guard Namon Wright added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman guard Cullen VanLeer scored 10 points off the bench.
“It was obviously a tough loss,” Mizzou coach Kim Anderson told reporters. “I thought our guys played extremely well, compared to Saturday. You could tell what we worked on in practice, they executed in the game. I know nobody likes to lose. I don’t like to lose either, but I was proud of our effort.
“We just couldn’t make the stops at the end when we needed them, but I’m proud of the way our guys played. They played hard the whole game, made some shots, made some threes. So, hopefully this game, as disappointing as it is now, will be a confidence builder for the rest of the year.”
Missouri is back in action on the road on Saturday afternoon at Alabama (12-9, 3-6).