The Missouri Tigers had not won a true road game all season, including four losses away from Mizzou Arena in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers ended that skid in a big way, blowing out the Mississippi State Bulldogs 78-36 on Wednesday. Keion Bell led the way for the Tigers with 24 points on a 10-16 shooting night from the field. Jabari Brown added 20 points in the winning effort. MU also nearly doubled the Bulldogs production on the backboards, winning the rebound battle 46-25.
The Tigers were smothering on defense, especially in the first half. The Bulldogs didn’t net their first hoop until the game was more than nine minutes under way and they already trailed 14-0. MSU only scored 10 points the whole first half and shot 16% (4-25) on the way to a 34-10 score at intermission. Missouri never looked back, outscoring Mississippi State 34-26 in the second stanza.
It has been rough going for the Bulldogs because of injuries and players leaving the program. Mississippi State only has six scholarship players in their regular rotation. Coach Frank Haith did not let his team look past the Bulldogs, as is obvious from their performance. MU needed a road win and they got one. This game was the first of four road games out of five total in the next couple of weeks. If the Tigers want to move up the SEC standings, winning on the road in paramount. This was a good start. MU looks to add another road victory Saturday against the Arkansas Razorbacks.