STARKVILLE , Miss. _ Missouri ’s frustration in non-conference road games continued today as the Tigers lost 87-75 at Mississippi State.
The Tigers’ record dropped to 9-5; they have not won on a non-league opponent’s home floor since December 2003.
Junior guard Matt Lawrence had a career-high 28 points, making 10 of 15 shots. Stefhon Hannah had 17 points and DeMarre Carroll 12, but both fouled out.
The Tigers trailed 41-38 at halftime, and fell behind in the second half by 10 before rallying to tie the score at 57-57. But in the final minutes, MU was really hurt by two fouls on three-point shooters, resulting in five points at the line for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs, 8-5, were without injured starting forward Charles Rhodes, but that didn’t hurt them. Playing mostly with a four-guard lineup, they shot 51.7 percent (31 of 60) from the field. They were led by guard Barry Stewart with a career-high 24 points. Forward Jamont Gordon had 20 points.