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Despite Late Lead, Tigers Fall To Hogs In Physical Battle

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Arkansas' Rashad Madden (00) pulls up for a shot against Missouri's Laurence Bowers (21) during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

Arkansas’ Rashad Madden (00) pulls up for a shot against Missouri’s Laurence Bowers (21) during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

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COLUMBIA (KMOX) — The Tigers had the chance to seize their second consecutive road win against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. The score remained close throughout the game, despite the Tigers taking an early lead.

Coach Frank Haith’s team showed toughness, unfazed by the intensity of the environment in Bud Walton Arena. Senior transfer Keion Bell led the Tigers with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Bell even ran the point for Mizzou whenever Pressey was on the bench.

Even though the Tigers led the Hogs 70-66 with just 34 seconds remaining in the game, Missouri’s fouls would be their demise. Coach Haith’s team proved unable to finish yet another close contest on the road. In the final moments of the game, Keion Bell and Jabari Brown each committed fouls, and Phil Pressey turned the ball over.

Former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson’s Razorbacks defeated the Tigers by a final score of 73-71.  Mizzou’s dominance on the boards (45 rebounds to 28) wasn’t enough to take down Arkansas on their home court. In a very physical game, MU had 17 turnovers to the Razorback’s 11.

This Mizzou team faced high expectations at the start of conference play. Their dominant showings at home continue to impress, but without equally strong performances on the road, the Tigers won’t be able to climb back into the rankings.

Officiating was somewhat of a contentious subject following the game. Coach Haith expressed his wish to not discuss the topic.

Missouri will get their chance at revenge when the Razorbacks visit Mizzou Arena on March 5th.

- A. Kastman

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