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Mizzou’s NCAA Tournament stock continues to tumble with 60-53 loss to Ole Pass over

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Devontae Shuler scored 14 points and Mississippi beat No. 24 Missouri 60-53 on Tuesday evening to sweep the season sequence towards the sputtering Tigers.

Romello White, Luis Rodriguez and Jarkel Joiner added 10 points apiece for Ole Pass over (13-9, 8-7 Southeastern Convention), which beat then-No. 10 Missouri 80-59 earlier this month.

Joiner hit six free throws within the glorious 46 seconds to seal the rematch because the Rebels held off the Tigers’ second-half of fee.

“It changed into as soon as a ethical methodology for us to buy it,” Ole Pass over coach Kermit Davis mentioned. “It’s sizable to salvage Jarkel the ball. He and Devontae Shuler are our very only free-throw shooters. … He objective correct stepped up there and (hit) key free throws, one after the opposite.”

Kobe Brown led Missouri (14-7, 7-7) with 12 points whereas Brand Smith added 11. Jeremiah Tilmon had 10 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season.

Ole Pass over led by 9 points at halftime and pushed forward by as many as 13 early within the second half of. However Missouri went on a 15-2 second-half of bustle whereas the Rebels persisted a brutal 8: 26 stretch and not using a field aim, pushing the Tigers forward 43-41 for his or her first lead with 9: 25 left.

Neither team led by bigger than a possession from there until Shuler and KJ Buffen hit consecutive buckets to present Ole Pass over a four-level lead with 1: 18 to head. The Rebels closed out the game with a 10-3 bustle.

“I dangle bigger than the rest, it changed into as soon as getting stops,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin mentioned of his team’s struggles within the closing stretch. “For positive, fracture baskets, and then you definately are attempting to salvage stops. … It changed into as soon as a four-level swing, and then it roughly went from there. However in spite of the whole lot, it’d be getting stops, then making baskets.”

Ole Pass over shot 3 for 11 from 3-level vary (27%), its third consecutive sport of 30% or worse from previous the arc. However the Rebels had been helped by getting 14 second-likelihood points off 15 offensive rebounds.

Ole Pass over also successfully contained Missouri guards Dru Smith, who changed into as soon as held to 9 points, and Xavier Pinson, who matched a season low with two points.

The victory changed into as soon as serious for the Rebels’ NCAA Tournament hopes.

“That changed into as soon as giant for us,” White mentioned. “I changed into as soon as locked in. I had sizable sleep, objective correct prepared myself to dangle a ethical sport this present day. I knew how mountainous this sport changed into as soon as, I objective correct knew my team changed into as soon as together.”

SURE-HANDED SHULER

Shuler is changing into one of many SEC’s most consistent avid gamers. After a four-level outing towards Mississippi Recount final weekend ended a whisk of 10 games in double figures, the senior returned to salvage.

MISSISSIPPI BLUES

Missouri has misplaced 5 straight games to teams from Mississippi relationship reduction to final season. The Tigers’ final victory over a team from the instruct changed into as soon as towards Ole Pass over on Feb. 18, 2020.

BIG PICTURE

Ole Pass over: The Rebels dangle obtained 5 of six, their only stretch since beginning the season 5-1. That bustle has included three wins towards AP High 25 teams — on Feb. 2 towards Tennessee and twice towards Missouri.

Missouri: Has misplaced four of its final 5 games as its NCAA Tournament stock continues to tumble, with every of those losses to unranked foes. The Tigers’ 53 points tied a season low, and they shot 35% from the sphere, their second-worst performance of the year.

UP NEXT

Ole Pass over: At Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Missouri: Hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.

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