An ice cold shooting performance led to a long night for the Mountaineers as the Missouri Tigers defeated WVU 80-71.
From the beginning of the game, shooting the ball efficiently was a problem. Missouri took off on a 9-0 run to open the game while the Mountaineers struggled to get points. Gary Browne got WVU on the board with 14:51 left in the first half by going 1-of-2 from the free throw line. The Mountaineers finally got their first field goal eight minutes into the game when Terry Henderson hit a shot from behind the arc, making it an 11-4 game.
Despite a terrible first half shooting the rock, the Mountaineers trailed just 36-22 at the break. WVU shot 28 percent (8-29) from the floor while going nine percent (1-11) from behind the arc.
Leading the way for Missouri was Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson with 14 points. The Tigers as a team finished 48 percent from the field in the first half.
In the second half, Devin Williams opened up the scoring by getting an easy bucket to cut the lead to 12, 36-24. The basket by Williams did not slow down the Tigers. Mizzou put together a 9-0 run to make the deficit 19 for the Mountaineers, 45-24. The run by the Tigers put WVU in a hole that was too deep to escape.
The Mountaineers would put together a comeback with under four minutes left in the game, cutting the deficit to seven, 76-69. Despite the effort, Missouri would still walk away with the victory over WVU, 80-71.
Juwan Staten led all Mountaineer scorers with 16 points. Gary Browne finished with 14 while Eron Harris had his season low eight points.
Jordan Clarkson finished with 25 points leading the Tigers to a victory over WVU.
The Tigers now have a 76 game non-conference winning streak at home.
WVU will now head home to face Gonzaga next Tuesday, Dec. 10.