MANHATTAN, Kan. — Missouri guard J.T. Tiller’s expression halfway through the second half said it all.
After committing a careless foul, Tiller pounded his head with his fists with a look of disgust as Kansas State went on to score two points and extend its lead. The mistakes continued to pile up for the Missouri men’s basketball team in its 63-53 loss at No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday night. The loss was the Tigers’ sixth straight in Manhattan, Kan.
After entering the second half tied, the Tigers were undone by their turnovers. The second half seemed to get out of control early for Missouri. Guard Kim English drove on a fast break, only to turn the ball over. The result was a 3-point basket by Kansas State (24-4, 11-3) and a six-point lead that sent the crowd into a deafening frenzy.
One possession after another Missouri (21-8, 9-5) seemed to struggle with the physicality of the Wildcats. They were like schoolyard bullies to the weaker Tigers. Missouri spent the majority of the time unable to handle the pressure from the Wildcats. Missouri couldn’t get its offense going, trailing by eight through most of the second half. Any drive to the basket would often end up being blocked or turning the ball out of bounds, unable to draw fouls.