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Two’s a streak: Mizzou basketball wins second straight, defeats South Carolina

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The Missouri men’s basketball team was able to produce some positive news for the program on a day marred by the announcement of junior PG Wes Clark’s dismissal from the program for academic reasons. The Tigers defeated South Carolina at home Tuesday night by the score of 72-67.

The victory marks Mizzou’s second consecutive win after enduring a dreadful nine game losing stretch. It also gives the Tigers its 10th win of the season, officially an improvement on last year’s win total of nine. Mizzou now stands at 10-16 on the season, and 3-10 in the SEC.

Ryan Rosburg led the way for Missouri, turning in yet another superb performance. His 18 points were a team-high for the Tigers. Mizzou’s lone senior also pulled down five rebounds and hit a key free throw late to extend the lead to two possessions.

Rosburg was one of five Tigers to reach double digits, as Terrence Phillips had 15, and Namon Wright 11. Off the bench, K.J. Walton and Tremaine Isabell each tallied 10 points for Mizzou.

The young Tigers squad led 33-25 at halftime, and showed impressive poise in its ability to stave off multiple runs by the Gamecocks (21-5, 8-5) in the second half.

Next on the To-Do list for Missouri: earn a victory on the road. The last time the Tigers won a true road game was over two years ago on January 28th, 2014 at Arkansas. With Frank Haith as the coach.

Mizzou will try again for that elusive first road win under Kim Anderson when they return to Fayetteville on Saturday. It won’t be easy, as Missouri already lost to the Razorbacks (at home) this season, 94-61.

 

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