Puryear scored 23 points and sophomore guard Namon Wright posted a double-double, but the Tigers couldn’t keep up with host Arkansas and lost 84-72 in a Southeastern Conference contest at Bud Walton Arena.
“When they shoot threes as well as they did, it’s tough for us to defend them,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson told reporters.
Arkansas (13-14, 6-8) snapped a three-game losing streak by knocking down 10 of 26 3-point attempts (38.5 percent). Dusty Hannahs (22 points) and Jabril Dunham (17) combining for seven 3’s. Moses Kingsley added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers (10-17, 3-11) were coming off back-to-back wins at home, but their road losing streak has now reached 24 straight games. Mizzou made six of their 23 3-point attempts, with Wright (12 points, 12 rebounds) making three of those and freshman guard Cullen VanLeer knocking down two.
Missouri forward Ryan Rosburg, who averaged 20 points over his previous four games, was plagued by foul trouble all night and scored just 11 points in 17 minutes before fouling out late.
The Tigers trailed by as many as 17 points, with 2:02 left in the first half, and were down 43-30 at halftime.
They opened the second half with a 9-2 run, with five points from Puryear and four from Rosburg, to cut the deficit to 45-39. But then the Razorbacks answered with six straight points to push their extend lead back to double figures.
Missouri wasn’t able to get within less than eight points the rest of the night.
The Tigers are back in action on the road on Tuesday at Mississippi (17-10, 7-7).