The offensive outage continued Tuesday night for Missouri men’s basketball.

Facing Texas A&M in College Station, the Tigers trailed for a majority of the game and lost to the Aggies 68-51 at Reed Arena.

Missouri falls to 10-12 overall and 2-7 at the halfway point of Southeastern Conference play. Texas A&M improves to 11-10 and 5-4 in SEC action.

“It’s like it slowly got away from us,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said of the loss.

The Tigers got within one point of the Aggies with a 7-0 run early in the second half, but MU was outscored by 11 over the next five minutes for a deficit it never overcame.

After nine games out of the lineup with a stress fracture, Tigers center Jeremiah Tilmon returned to action, scoring two points and committing one foul in 12 minutes.

Missouri finished the game with 32 fouls, one shy of the conference high this season. The program record for fouls in a game is 38, set in 1975 against Hawaii and in the 1993 Braggin’ Rights game against Illinois, which went to triple overtime.

Missouri shot 15 of 49 from the field (31%) and 7-for-27 (26%) from 3-point range, slightly better from beyond the arc than the Aggies' 5-for-21 (24%).

But Texas A&M won the rebounding margin 49-30, with 23 offensive rebounds that turned into 20 second-chance points.

"It may not make a lot of sense, but sometimes our best offense is don’t shoot an air ball, don’t turn it over, hit the rim and then we have a chance," Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams said.

Texas A&M held a 22-5 edge over Missouri in points off turnovers. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers — 12 of which came in the first half.

“Like I said to our guys, if this is really pressure, then you’re always going to struggle," Martin said. "It should just be basketball. If these are pressure situations, then this stage might not be for you."

No Missouri player scored in double figures. Mitchell Smith netted a team-high nine points and added a career-high 11 rebounds. Xavier Pinson finished with eight points, while Kobe Brown and Javon Pickett scored seven apiece.

Dru Smith, Missouri's leader scorer this season, was limited to four points on 0 of 4 shooting from the field. He did, however, dish out seven assists.

The Aggies had four players reach double figures in scoring, led by Josh Nebo with 18 and Quenton Jackson, who finished with 16 points.

Missouri scored 18 points in the first half, the lowest during any half this season.

The Tigers return to Mizzou Arena at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to play the Rally for Rhyan game against Arkansas.

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