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Mizzou Hoops Falls At Ole Miss

The Missouri basketball team's loss at Mississippi on Tuesday night was their 25th consecutive road defeat.

The Missouri basketball team’s road struggles continued Tuesday night.

The Tigers made a season-high 12 3-pointers, but had no answer for Stefan Moody and the Mississippi Rebels in an 85-76 Southeastern Conference loss at the Pavilion at Ole Miss. 

“I’m proud of how we fought and competed,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson told reporters. “I thought Moody just took the game over. It’s not just his ability to score, but his ability to get the ball to people. It’s 54-54 and before you know it, you're down 10.”

Moody led Mississippi (18-10, 8-7) with 29 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals and fueled the 10-0 run that put the Rebels ahead for good. 

The loss dropped the Tigers to 10-18 overall and 3-12 in league play and extended their road losing streak to 25 games. Missouri knocked down 12 of 23 3-point attempts, including six from sophomore guard Namon Wright, but also had 18 turnovers.

“What they wanted to do is probably what they got done,” Anderson said. “They stay with the press or the three-quarter court press, and eventually you throw it away and then they capitalize on the other end. That’s what they’re really good at.”

Wright led Mizzou with a season-high 20 points. Sophomore guard Tramaine Isabell scored a season-high 17 points off the bench before fouling out. Freshman forward Kevin Puryear added 11 points, but made just three of 12 field goal attempts. Freshman guard K.J. Walton added 11 points and four assists in 31 minutes off the bench. 

In addition to Moody’s clutch performance, the Tigers struggled with the Ole Miss inside duo of junior forward Sebastian Saiz (15 points, 14 rebounds, two blocked shots in 32 minutes) and senior forward Tomasz Gielo (12 points). 

The good news for the Tigers is they will return home to Mizzou Arena, where they’ve won two straight games, to face Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5) on Saturday afternoon. 

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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