At least for a half, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville gave No. 15 Missouri all it could handle.
Jerome Jones hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, while reserve Michael Messer added 13 in an 83-69 loss at Missouri on Saturday.
The biggest blemish for the Cougars was the performance of Mark Yelovich, the team's top returning scorer who was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting with four fouls.
SIU Edwardsville came out firing from long range, hitting six of its first 14 3-point attempts. Jones tied his career high with four 3-pointers in the half and had 14 points, bettering last year's 12.7-point average.
The Cougars led for an 11-minute stretch in the first half by as many as six and tied Missouri in rebounds with 26. But the Tigers outmuscled SIU Edwardsville 24-14 in the second half and stitched together an 8-0 run across halftime and a 10-2 run a few minutes later.
''We started getting careless, a couple turnovers and a couple quick shots that instantly turn into transition ...