By Cynthia Germain
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay men came on strong at the start Saturday night but came up short in the end, 77-100 against the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena. Senior Jesperson recorded a career-high 17 points on five 3-pointers in the first half, giving hope for an upset bid. The Phoenix were unable to keep up the scoring pace in the second half, ultimately giving the Tigers its highest score total since 2012.
Both teams were busy in the first, having a combined 62 3-pointers throughout the 40 minutes of play. UWGB made a season-high in 3s in the game and is now averaging 10 3s over its last three games. The Phoenix opened up a 13-4 lead just under 3 minutes into the game, but the Tigers responded to tie the game at 21. Missouri then took the lead and remained on top with a score of 60-40 at the half. The second half showed an even exchange with Phoenix not gaining enough ground to overcome the Tiger’s lead. Missouri shot 53 percent and UWGB shot a season-high 41 percent from long range and went 10-for-12 from the free throw line. The Phoenix will stay on the road, set to visit Terre Haute to face Indiana State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.