Missouri fall short of comeback bid

The Missouri Tigers didn't just stumble out of the blocks in Saturday's 56-51 conference-opening loss, it appeared Ade Dagundoro and the Nebraska Cornhuskers tied the Tigers shoelaces together before the game got underway. For more on the story go inside to get InsideMizzou.com's thoughts on the game.

The Missouri Tigers didn't just stumble out of the blocks in Saturday's 56-51 conference-opening loss, Ade Dagundoro and the Nebraska Cornhuskers tied their shoelaces together before the game got underway.

The Cornhuskers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, with six of those points coming from Dagundoro.

The Tigers struggled mightily the entire first half, shooting a meager 33-percent from the field, and missing all five free-throw attempts.

Senior big men and Missouri's top two scorers Leo Lyons and Demarre Carroll were held scoreless in the opening period, and both got in early foul trouble, forcing them spend a large chunk of time on the bench.

Nebraska's defense was stellar all day, not allowing the Tigers to get the ball low in the post, and forcing them to rely on jump shots from the perimeter.

Since the Tigers had trouble converting those shots, they weren't able to set up their patented pressure defense and crank up the tempo, resulting in a season-low 18 points in the first half for a Missouri team that was averaging over 80-a-game heading into Lincoln.

Maybe the most astonishing first-half stat from Saturday's loss was Missouri's 12 turnovers, their season average per game.

As disappointing of a first half as Lyons had, he came out hot in the second, scoring 10 points in a six-minute span, and sparking the Tigers' 18-point second-half comeback.

However, Lyons' foul trouble hampered his ability to play aggressively down the stretch, and he didn't score a single point in the last six-and-a-half minutes of the game.

Carroll's production also picked up slightly in the second half with seven points, but he too was crippled by foul trouble, and was held scoreless for almost the last 2:58.

In total, the Tigers shot a lowly 38.3-percent from the field and 55.6-percent from the foul line, while the Cornhuskers converted 72-percent of their opportunities from the line.

Saturday's loss in Lincoln gives Nebraska five wins in their last six tries against Missouri, and makes them 1-0 in conference.

Missouri is now 1-1 in true road games this year, and will return home to the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena for their next two games, Wednesday against Colorado and next Saturday against Iowa State.


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