Recapping MSU’s 78-36 loss to Missouri at Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday night.
• The buzz: MSU suffered its worst loss in the 38-year history of Humphrey Coliseum, eclipsing a 41-point setback suffered against Vanderbilt in 1993. The Bulldogs (7-16, 2-9 SEC) have lost nine in a row. Missouri (18-6, 7-4) won its first road game of the season in six tries.
• Turning point: Both teams struggled to score early, but Missouri finally got hot and opened up leads of 14-0 and 23-4. It was 34-10 at the half.
• MVP: Point guard Trivante Bloodman scored a career-high 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting. He’s hit double digits in scoring in three of the last four games.
• Missouri leaders: Keion Bell 24 points (10-16 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 2-3 FTs), 5 rebounds; Jabari Brown 20 points (7-11 FGs, 3-6 3FGs, 3-4 FTs); Laurence Bowers 11 points (5-9 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 0-1 FTs); Alex Oriakhi 10 rebounds, 3 blocks.
• MSU leaders: Bloodman 13 points (4-7 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 4-6 FTs), 3 steals; Gavin Ware 7 points (3-7 FGs, 1-3 FTs), 5 rebounds.
• Key stats: Mizzou shot 53.4 percent overall, 45.0 percent from 3-point range. … MSU shot 23.9 percent overall, 15.8 percent from 3-point range. … Missouri out-rebounded State 46-25. … The Tigers scored 40 points in the paint to MSU’s 14. … MSU had 15 turnovers and three assists. … State missed its first 11 shots and shot 16 percent in the first half.
• Highlight reel: MSU didn’t really have any highlights, but Mizzou did. One of them was Bell’s open-floor 360 slam to give the Tigers a 63-26 lead.
• Quotable: “To be quite frank, this is an embarrassing loss, when you go out and you’re totally inept offensively.” – MSU coach Rick Ray
• Bottom line: This is a low point for MSU, and it doesn’t promise to get any better. Jalen Steele remains suspended, and Ray said he had “no idea” if the junior guard would be back Saturday. The key for MSU now is to find motivation to finish out the string.
• Up next: MSU visits LSU on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPNU).