Kevin Puryear (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

Mizzou Hoops Trounced By Davidson

Sophomore forward Kevin Puryear scores a team-high 12 points in losing effort.

The Missouri basketball team couldn’t follow up on its near upset of Xavier.

After taking the  No. 11 Musketeers to overtime on Thursday in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando, the Tigers were trounced by Davidson, 70-55, in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

“I (don’t) think our young guys understood that Davidson is a really good basketball team, and that they were going to come back and play today (after losing to Clemson),” Missouri coach Kim Anderson told the Kansas City Star. “We had to match that intensity, and I don’t think we did. … Xavier was a very physical game and a very emotional game for our guys, and we didn’t bounce back very well.”

Missouri (1-2) got a team-high 12 points and six rebounds from sophomore forward Kevin Puryear, while sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer added 11 points and three 3-pointers. Freshman forward Reed Nikko added 10 points, on five-of-six shooting, in 16 minutes off the bench. 

Two of the leaders in Thursday’s overtime loss to Xavier, sophomore point guard Terrence Phillips and freshman guard Frankie Hughes, struggled against the Wildcats.

Phillips finished with one point and missed all eight of his field-goal attempts (including three 3-point attempts) but did have six assists in 24 minutes. Hughes, who scored 47 points in his first two games, finished with just two points on one-of-11 shooting (0-4 from 3-point range) in 25 minutes.

As a team, Missouri shot 36.1 percent from the field (22-61) and 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-16) and committed 15 turnovers. Davidson (2-1) shot 44.4 percent from the field (24-54) and 33.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (10-30). 

The Tigers will play either Tulane or Arizona State at 11 a.m. on Sunday before returning to Mizzou Arena for non-conference games against Northwestern State next Saturday and then North Carolina Central the following Monday. 

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

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