Missouri drops 11th straight game in loss to Mississippi St.
COLUMBIA - The Missouri men's basketball team tied the third longest losing streak in school history with 11 after a 77-74 loss.
Johnathan Williams III set a personal high and led all players with 27 points.
With the loss, Missouri is now 7-18 overall and 1-11 in the SEC.
Montaque Gill-Caesar and Namon Wright returned from suspension after missing the past two games for violation of team policy. Wright and Gill-Caesar combined for eight points on 3-15 shooting.
Missouri shot 44.1 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from beyond the three-point line. Meanwhile, Mississippi State shot 23 for 41 in the game.
In the first half, Missouri jumped out to an early lead led by a pair of three-point shots from Keith Shamburger and Wright to give the Tigers an 8-5 lead with 17:02 remaining in the first half.
Mississippi State then led a 15-2 run with Gavin Ware scoring six of his nine points in the game.
At the end of the first half and the score 33-19, Missouri's Ryan Rosburg cut the lead with six points in 1:22 of play.
Mississippi State led at the half 40-29 led by eight points in the first 20 minutes by Roquez Johnson. Johnson led the Bulldogs with 22 points and five rebounds.
To start the second half, Missouri outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 led by Williams, who had 23 of his 27 points in the second half.
Craig Sword and Johnson hit four key free throws later in the half, but Williams hit a three-point shot to make it 63-61 with 5:35 left in the game.
Missouri took the lead for the first time since the 16-minute mark with a basket from Keanau Post to make it 64-63 with 4:31 remaining.
The Bulldogs retook the lead and Johnson scored on a dunk to make it 71-66 with 1:53 left in the game.
Shamburger hit a key three-point basket from the top of the arc to cut the lead to two.
With the score 75-71 after free throws from both teams, Williams made a contested three-point shot to cut the lead to 75-74 with 1.7 seconds left, but Mississippi State held off the Tigers for the win.
In its next game, Missouri plays No. 24 Arkansas on the road on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. CT.