Understaffed Missouri no game for No. 4 Alabama | basketball

COLUMBIA, Mo. — After their top player was scratched just before the final whistle, the Missouri Tigers hung with No. 4 Alabama for about a half but couldn’t match the firepower of the Crimson Tide with leading scorer Kobe Brown on the bench.

With less than 30 minutes remaining in Saturday’s sell-out game, Mizzou announced Brown would miss the game while suffering an ankle injury late Wednesday against Arkansas, and promoted freshman Aidan Shaw to the starting XI for the first time this season .

“The health of our student-athletes is our top priority,” Tigers coach Dennis Gates said in a statement released 26 minutes before the game began. “For Kobe’s long-term future and success, I have chosen to rest him tonight and not risk further injury by allowing his ankle to heal properly.”

Still, the Tigers led back and forth in the first half with six minutes remaining, but the Tide closed the half with a 15-5 run and dominated the second half with an 85-64 win, ending their triple losing streak in the Mizzou- Arena. MU’s total points hit a season low.

Mizzou fell to 14-5, 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference game and now faces a quick turnaround ahead of Tuesday’s game at Ole Miss. Alabama, alone in first place in the SEC, advanced to 17–2 and 7–0 in league play. All of Tide’s seven SEC wins have come by double-digit margins.

Isiaih Mosley led the Tigers by 19 points on a night. Mizzou shot just 3 of 28 from 3-point range and missed 19 of his first 20 shots from deep.

Noah Clowney and Mark Sears led four Alabama players by double digits with 17 points each.

Already without Brown, the team’s top scorer (15.6 points per game) and rebounder (5.6), Gates’ roster was further decimated just minutes into the game when Noah Carter walked into the locker room with a cut above his right eye went. By then, starting guard Tre Gomillion was already sitting with two fouls. Reserve Guard Kaleb Brown, Kobe’s younger brother, was also unavailable due to a non-COVID illness.

The Tigers held their ground early against the nation’s fourth-place team, with Mosley becoming the team’s offensive centerpiece. In his second game back after six games on the bench, Mosley scored six of MU’s first 10 points and put the Tigers 14-3 up with a lob pass to Shaw for a reverse dunk that blew up the crowd. Mizzou missed his first eight 3-pointers until D’Moi Hodge finally connected from deep and put the Tigers back 19-18 ahead. It was their final lead of the day as the Tide overwhelmed Gates’ team with their large collection of goalscorers.

Mizzou missed eight straight shots late in the first half and early in the second as the tide receded. Four different Bama players connected with 3 pointers before the 12 minute media timeout.

A 7-0 run put the Tigers ahead within 13 minutes, eight minutes from time, but after an Alabama timeout, the Tide quickly restored order and restored their spot at the top of the SEC standings.

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