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Missouri Loses to Lipscomb

Jordan Geist scored 18 points to lead Missouri in losing effort.

Just hours after the Missouri basketball program announced freshman forward Willie Jackson was transferring, the Tigers lost to visiting Lipscomb 81-76 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

“Disappointing,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson told reporters. “I can tell you positives. We did a great job on the boards. We did a great job of getting to the line. But we didn’t shoot the ball very well and we haven’t shot the ball very well.”

Missouri, which was playing without freshman guard Frankie Hughes, fell to 5-7 on the season with its fourth consecutive loss to conclude the non-conference portion of the schedule. 

The Tigers fell to 4-4 at home this season with losses to North Carolina Central, Arizona, Eastern Illinois and now Lipscomb. 

Jordan Geist led Missouri with 18 points. Jordan Barnett had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Puryear added 14 points. Russell Woods had 10 points and eight rebounds. Geist and Barnett both made their first starts.

Nathan Moran led Lipscomb (7-9) with a game-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers. 

The Bisons shot 45.5 percent from the field (25-55) and 38.5 percent from 3-point range (10-26), compared to Missouri shooting 37.3 percent from the field (22-59) and 20 percent from beyond the 3-point line (4-20). 

The Tigers have now shot 41.1 percent or worse from the field in each of their past seven games — they are 2-5 during that stretch — and have shot 41.5 percent or worse in all seven of their losses this season.

Lipscomb led by as many as nine points in the first half and held a 41-36 advantage at halftime before Missouri took the lead late in the second half. 

The Tigers led by as many as five points with 6:47 remaining and held a 67-64 lead with 5:32 left but once again struggled down the stretch. 

Missouri missed five of its final six shot attempts and eight of his last 10. The Tigers also missed 10 of their 23 free throw attempts in the second half.

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