The Tigers’ shooting struggles, which have become a recurring theme this season, came back to haunt them again in the second half of a 71-66 loss to Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum.
“There have been times we’ve kind of laid down this season,” Mizzou forward Jordan Barnett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s great to show some fight, and show our coaches and show our fan base that we’ve got some fight and we don’t want to lose games. We fought hard but just missed a ton of shots. A ton of shots.”
Missouri fell to 5-9 overall and 0-2 in SEC play with its sixth straight loss despite a game-high 20 points from Terrence Phillips, 15 points and nine rebounds from Barnett and 13 points from K.J. Walton.
The Tigers, who led 26-20 at halftime, finished the game shooting 34.7 percent from the field (25-72), 16.7 percent from 3-point range (6-36) and 62.5 percent from the free throw line (10-16).
The 16.7 percent matched Missouri’s worst mark of the season — the Tigers made three of 18 3’s in the loss to Eastern Illinois — and the 34.7 percent from the field was the third-worst performance this season.
Missouri entered Saturday’s game ranking last in the SEC in field goal percentage (40.0) and 3-point field percentage (27.1).
Georgia (10-5, 2-1) had four players in double figures, led by Yante Maten’s 17 points and J.J. Frazier’s 16.
The Bulldogs shot 45.7 percent from the field (21-46), 15.4 percent from 3 (2-13) and 67.5 percent from the free throw line (27-40).
Missouri is back in action at home on Tuesday night against visiting Auburn (10-4, 0-2), which has opened the SEC season with losses against Georgia and Vanderbilt.
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