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Snow, Cowboys Hold Back Tigers

Posted By Nate Jacobson On Feb 3 2011 @ 1:14 am In Missouri | No Comments

Going into Wednesday’s encounter at Oklahoma State, Missouri was just coming of a disaster of travel. Due to a blizzard it took two days to finally arrive in Stillwater, and when they did it was a mere six hours before tipoff.

That bad fortune of travel carried over on the floor, as the Tigers fell to the Cowboys 76-70. The No. 15 Tigers have lost all four of their conference road games and their overall record dipped to 17-5.

The Tigers played the first 30 minutes of the game flat. The Cowboys owned a 39-31 lead to the locker room, and continued to pour it on in the first part of the second half. After falling behind by 15 points with 10 minutes in the game, the Tigers started to show some urgency. A Matt Pressey free throw shaved the Cowboys lead to three with just under a minute left. However, it was too little too late has the Cowboys iced the game with three throws.

The Tigers offense was engineered by starting guard Marcus Denmon and reserve guard Matt Pressey. The two netted 15 points each. It was an encouraging sign to see Denmon reach double digit scoring after a forgettable game in Texas on Saturday. Ricardo Ratliffe added 13 points, but fouled out with six minutes left in the game.

The Tigers had no answer for the Cowboys big guns. Guard Keiton Page and forward J.P. Olukemi lead all scorers with 19 points. Forward Darrell Williams contributed with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The stat that sticks out is free throw attempts. The Cowboys attempts 43 free throws, while the Tigers had only 16 tries from the charity stripe.

The Tigers get a chance to even their conference record on Saturday night against Colorado. In the previous meeting this season, the Buffaloes defeated the Tigers by 13. This time the game will be at Mizzou Arena, where the Tigers are undefeated.

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