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Big 12 roundup: Mizzou loses on road again

Missouri’s Matt Pressey (3) puts pressure on Nebraska’s Caleb Walker (25) in the first half. Nebraska won, 69-58, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Lincoln, Neb.

Missouri’s Matt Pressey (3) puts pressure on Nebraska’s Caleb Walker (25) in the first half. Nebraska won, 69-58, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Lincoln, Neb.

March 2, 2011

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Nebraska 69, No. 22 Missouri 58

Lincoln, Neb. — For Missouri, the best thing about Tuesday night’s game at Nebraska was that it was the Tigers’ last one on the road this season.

Lance Jeter scored 16 points and Nebraska used a 17-2 second-half run to pull away for a victory that sent Missouri to its seventh loss in eight Big 12 road games.

“I’m kind of disappointed the way we’ve played on the road, especially today, playing a Nebraska team,” guard Marcus Denmon said. “Starting today, no more road games. There’s nothing more for us to figure out. It’s either home or neutral.”

The Tigers (22-8, 8-7) had a dent put in their hopes to finish in the top four in the conference and earn a bye in the first round of next week’s league tournament.

For all their problems on the road, Missouri is 17-0 at home going into Saturday’s game against No. 2 Kansas.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said he wasn’t worried that his team’s second straight loss — they were beaten 80-70 at surging Kansas State last weekend — would damage their NCAA tournament hopes.

“We’ve been playing pretty good basketball,” he said. “This is the trend in conference play. It’s been difficult for teams on the road. We had a tremendous opportunity coming in and thought we’d play better.”

Oklahoma St. 71, Baylor 60

Stillwater, Okla. — Marshall Moses had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Markel Brown added 10 points and a career-high five blocks and Oklahoma State dented Baylor’s NCAA tournament hopes.

The Cowboys (18-11, 6-9 Big 12) charged ahead in the second half, then held off a late run by Baylor to send Moses, Matt Pilgrim and Nick Sidorakis out as winners in their final regular-season game at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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