COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The University of Oregon men’s basketball team lost 106-69 to Missouri on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. The Ducks dropped to 4-3 overall with the loss, while the Tigers improved to 5-2 on the year.
Missouri shot an impressive 57.8 percent (37-of-64) from the field in the win. The Tigers hit 14-of-29 from behind the 3-point arc for 48.3 percent. They also hit 18-of-25 free throws for 72 percent. The Ducks were limited to 30.6 percent shooting from the field (22-of-72), while making just 22 percent of their 3-point attempts (4-of-18).
Three Oregon players scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead who tallied a team-high 12 points. Junior guard LeKendric Longmire and freshman forward Jamil Wilson both had 11 points. Longmire had a team-high nine rebounds, seven of the offensive variety.
Misouri had six players score in double figures, led by Marcus Denmon who scored a game-high 17 points. Zaire Taylor added 16 points in 23 minutes of action.
Missouri jumped out to a 6-0 advantage in a defensive-minded open to the game. A long 3-pointer by sophomore forward Drew Wiley pulled the Ducks to within one point at 6-5 with just over 15 minutes in the half. The Tigers went on an 11-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Zaire Taylor, to take a 19-8 advantage with 10:08 in the first stanza. Missouri’s largest lead of the half was 30 points, a 48-18 edge with 2:50 in the half.
MU then out-scored the Ducks 34-15 over the final 10 minutes to head into the halftime with a 53-24 lead. The Ducks shot just 24 percent (8-of-33) during the first half, including just 23 percent from behind the 3-point arc (3-of-13). The Tigers hit an impressive 60 percent of their shots over the first 20 minutes, 53 percent from behind the 3-point arc (9-of-17).
Armstead paced the Ducks with eight first-half points. Crittle, Dunigan, Sim and Wiley all added three points apiece. Denmon had 13 points in the first half to lead Missouri.
Oregon opened the second half strong, scoring six points and forcing four MU turnovers over the first two minutes of the stanza. A 10-foot floater in the lane by Williams put the score at 55-32 with 17 minutes in the game. The Ducks opened the first eight minutes of the half by out-scoring Missouri, 17-8. Longmire had five points during that stretch.
A 3-pointer by Taylor quelled the Oregon run, giving Missouri a 66-41 advantage with 11:30 in the game. Missouri went on a 17-6 run over a three-minute span (12:52-9:32) to regain the momentum of the game and take a 78-49 lead.
The final nine minutes of the game saw the Tigers out-score the Ducks, 28-20, for the 106-69 result.
Oregon (4-3) returns to action next Saturday when the Ducks host Saint Mary’s. Tip-time is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PST) at McArthur Court in Eugene.
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