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Bates’ 36 points not enough for Mizzou in 79-67 loss to Florida

Tamar Bates needed more than a few seconds to collect his thoughts.

He’d been asked in Missouri’s postgame press conference about his development with the Tigers and how he’d seen his game progress. He was asked the question because he’d just dropped a career-high 36 points in Saturday’s game against Florida.

But he took a moment to think about his answer because the performance was for nothing. Despite finding a way to score just about every time he touched the ball, Bates wasn’t able to lead his team to a victory, suffering a loss to the Gators inside Mizzou Arena, 79-67.

“He had an excellent night,” head coach Dennis Gates said earlier in the press conference. “He had excellent practices. But ultimately, I think when it comes down to the game, Tamar takes what’s given to him. As you guys can see, he’s an excellent scorer. He would rather have the win than 36 points, I know that. But you know, individual performance-wise, it was probably one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.”

The junior guard found himself in a flow early in the matchup. Bates missed a 3-pointer from the left corner with the hosts’ opening possession, but the Tigers came up with a stop at the other end and pitched the ball ahead to him in transition. Bates drove inside and scored on a layup for the team’s first points of the game.

Gates employed a trapping defense throughout the first half, doubling Florida’s ball-handlers anytime they received a screen. The strategy worked early on: the Gators (12-6, 2-3 SEC) committed three turnovers in the first 7:03 of the game, helping Mizzou establish a 12-9 edge.

The visitors would adjust, however, only coughing the ball up five more times for the rest of the night. The Gators’ ball-handler typically passed out of the trap to a big man, who’d drive to the basket and put MU’s rim-protector at a 2-on-1 disadvantage.

MU led by as much as four during the first half but couldn’t pull away farther than that. By halftime, the Tigers…


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Publish date : 2024-01-21 05:32:35

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