#21 Missouri Overwhelms Notre Dame

It was that kind of night for the Fighting Irish (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Notre Dame Men's basketball team traveled to Kansas City to play #21 Missouri in what was classified as a "neutral site" game. Finally "freed" (#FreeAbro), Tim Abromaitis did all he could to keep the Irish in the game in his first game back from the NCAA suspension, but his team was overwhelmed by the extreme quickness of the Tigers as they fell 87-58 to suffer their first loss of the season.

Though still recovering from the flu bug the Irish still had all of its players available for the first time since the preseason and coach Mike Brey featured a starting five of Eric Atkins, Jerian Grant, Scott Martin, Tim Abromaitis, and Jack Cooley which he'll likely try to stick with through the rest of the year. 

The Irish seemed to keep pace with the Tigers in the beginning but after Marcus Denmon's 3 point play put Missouri up 21-11, the Tigers never looked back. Paced by Denmon's 26 points, the Tigers got even contribution from all of their players getting 4 in double digits and 8 on the scoreboard.

The Irish were hampered by their inability to overcome their opponent's quickness on both sides of the ball, having trouble beating the Tigers' ball pressure on offense and and even tougher time staying in front of their man on defense. Notre Dame also had trouble holding onto the ball turning it over 10 times (as opposed to Missouri's 4) in the first half.

Co-Captains Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds but got no help from their perimeter players as Grant, Atkins and Joey Brooks all struggled to get going.

The veteran Tigers shot 58% from the field and will play tomorrow night against the winner of the Georgia-California game for the CBE Classic Championship. The Irish will play a consolation game against the loser of the same game. 

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