Missouri men to take on Mississippi in search of elusive SEC win

Missouri's Noah Carter puts up a shot during last month’s game against Tennessee at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. (Associated Press)
Missouri's Noah Carter puts up a shot during last month’s game against Tennessee at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. (Associated Press)

The Missouri Tigers are running out of opportunities.

The Tigers (8-20, 0-15 Southeastern Conference) dropped their 15th consecutive and 18th of their past 19 games Wednesday, the longest losing streak in Tiger history, leaving Missouri winless in both January and February.

The men’s team will continue its search for its first SEC win as it begins the final month on the regular-season schedule with a matchup against the Mississippi Rebels (19-9, 6-9 SEC) at 7:30 p.m. today (SEC Network) at Mizzou Arena.

The most recent loss in the extended skid came 83-74 to the Florida Gators. Missouri cut the lead to one in the second half, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Gators pulled away late.

Sean East led the Tigers with 20 points, four assists and four rebounds. East has scored more than 20 points in four consecutive games since returning from injury and is now 54 points and 17 assists shy of becoming the third Tiger in school history to record 500 points and 125 assists in a season.

The guard averages 17.2 points and 4.2 assists per game, but has averaged 25.8 points and 4.5 assists since returning from his injury.

Nick Honor added 18 points and three assists in the loss to Florida. Honor has made multiple 3-pointers in 12 consecutive games, tied for the longest streak in Missouri’s SEC history. Honor averages 11.1 points per game.

Tamar Bates added 15 points Wednesday, bringing his season average to 13.6 points per game after scoring more than 10 in 17 of the past 18 games. Noah Carter adds 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game to a Missouri offense averaging 72.1 points per game, while the Tiger defense allows 75.2.

Mississippi scores 75.6 points per game and allows an average of 73.3.

The Rebels enter tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak and having dropped six of their last seven, last winning Feb. 17 when they hosted the Tigers and won 79-76. Most recently, the Rebels dropped a 103-88 game against Alabama.

Senior guard Allen Flanigan (6-foot-6) led the Rebels with 28 points and six rebounds off the bench, while senior forward Jaemyn Brakefield (6-8) added 21 points and four boards and senior guard Matthew Murrel (6-4) scored 12 points. Junior guard Jaylen Murray (5-11) dished out seven assists in the loss.

Murrell leads the team with 16.9 points per game, while Flanigan scores 15.7 points and a team-high 6.5 boards, Murray adds 13.4 points and 4.18 assists and Brakefield scores 12.2 points per game.

Today’s game is the annual Rally for Rhyan game. Missouri is 6-2 in the first eight Rally for Rhyan contests.

Mississippi leads the all-time series 16-8, but the Rebels’ three-point win earlier this season ended a five-game Missouri winning streak.

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