Mizzou basketball falls in regular season finale to Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Mississippi - Jonathan Williams III posted his sixth double-double of the year, but it wouldn't be enough as Missouri fell to Mississippi State in their regular season finale, 52-43.
The loss at Starkville makes it 15 straight road losses for Missouri, dating back to February 2014 against Florida.
Missouri struggled offensively shooting, just 30 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the free throw line.
In the first half, Missouri took the lead on its first possession as Keith Shamburger hit a three-point shot. Shamburger was coming off of a Missouri career-high 21 points in the win against Auburn.
The lead was short-lived as Mississippi State went on an 11-2 run led by a jumper from Gavin Ware. Ware led all Bulldogs with six first-half points and five rebounds.
Later in the half with Missouri down by seven points, Namon Wright hit a three-point shot to cut the lead back to six. Wright led all players in the first half with seven points.
At the half, Missouri trailed 27-19 after Ware scored again for the Bulldogs.
Missouri had just two points off the bench in the first half.
The Bulldogs opened the second half with two unaswered baskets to extend their lead to 12, but the Tigers clawed back with a 13-5 run to put the deficit at four with 8:30 to play. MSU responded with a 7-0 run to pull back ahead by 11. Missouri missed nine of their last 12 shots and couldn't catch up to the Bulldogs late.
Missouri will play in the SEC tournament against South Carolina on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 8:30pm CT on the SEC Network.