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The Missouri Tigers basketball season closed the season on a relatively low note with a 52-43 loss on the road at Mississippi State. Namon Wright and Keith Shamburger led the Tigers with 12 points each, while Johnathan Williams III added 10.
Missouri had one of its lowest shooting percentages of the season at 30 percent going 15-50 from the field. Craig Sword led all scorers for the game with 15 and the Bulldogs received a huge pick me up from their bench, who had 35 points.
Both teams struggled to find their groove offensively early on until the Bulldogs used a 9-2 run to establish a lead 20-12. Wright helped the Tigers remain in the game with a pair of buckets, but at the break Missouri trailed Mississippi State 27-19.
While Missouri outmanned the Bulldogs on the boards behind Williams III, who had 12 on the game, they were unable to draw within more than six points. Mississippi State connected on eight of ten free throws down the stretch to seal the victory 52-43.
The Tigers 43 points were the second lowest output by the team all season; The lowest coming on the road at Kentucky when the team only put up 37. Missouri was also 0-10 on the road this season and had one its worst seasons in history finishing with a 9-22 record and 3-16 in conference action.
For the Tigers they will make an appearance in the SEC tournament as they take on South Carolina on Wednesday.
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