Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gamecocks Shake off Slow Start, Hand Mizzou 12th Straight Loss

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gamecocks Shake off Slow Start, Hand Mizzou 12th Straight Loss

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COLUMBIA, MO. * Earlier this week, Missouri coach Kim Anderson called South Carolina his favorite team to watch and least favorite to play.

Anderson had a front-row seat Saturday as the No. 23 Gamecocks showed what he meant. His Tigers played another competitive first half, rallied with a few spurts in the second but, ultimately, delivered the result Mizzou fans have seen too many times to count.

South Carolina's 63-53 victory stretched the Tigers' losing streak to 12 games, tying for the second-longest in team history. Anderson's first Missouri team in 2014-15 holds the record with a 13- game skid. The Tigers (5-15, 0-8 Southeastern Conference) will tie the record Thursday if they lose at No. 25 Florida. From there, Mizzou comes back home next Saturday to host Arkansas, possibly with a chance to set the most dubious mark in the record book.

Saturday's loss dropped the Tigers to 0-13 against nationally ranked teams in three seasons under Anderson. South Carolina (17-4, 7-1) led the entire second half, but this was one of the most competitive games Mizzou's played against a ranked opponent under Anderson. In the previous 12 games against ranked teams, the average margin of defeat was 20.4 points.

Missouri fell to 0-3 against ranked foes this season, following its November loss to Xavier, ranked No. 11 at the time, and December's loss to then-No. 20 Arizona. The Tigers' last win against a ranked opponent came Dec. 7, 2013, an 80-71 win over No. 18 UCLA that was later vacated by self-imposed sanctions for NCAA violations.

A year after the Gamecocks suffered a costly loss on Norm Stewart Court, they sleepwalked through the game's first 10 minutes Saturday. South Carolina's first points didn't come until five minutes and 12 seconds had ticked off the clock, a Sindarius Thornwell 3-pointer from the corner. Before that, the Gamecocks went scoreless on their first eight possessions. They turned the ball over on traveling calls on four of their first 10 possessions.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, they never capitalized on South Carolina's sluggish start. …

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