ATHENS, Ga. - Missouri's tournament resume has another hole, and its hopes for a program-record sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance continue to fade.
The Tigers, whose effort was called into question after a demoralizing loss Saturday at Alabama, needed a win at Georgia to burnish that resume and talked about playing with renewed focus and determination with so much at stake.
Instead, Missouri looked uninterested at times during a 71-56 loss against the Bulldogs, who ended the Tigers' 26-game home winning streak last month and swept the season series.
Once again, Missouri's defense wasn't great. The Bulldogs hit their first four shots and made five in row during another stretch in the first half, including a few open three-pointers and lightly contested transition baskets.
Georgia finished the game shooting 52 percent, becoming the fourth team to hit better than 50 percent of its shots in the Tigers' last eight games.
But it was Missouri's offense that no-showed this time.
The Tigers, who had averaged nearly 75 points per game, shot a dismal 32 percent, going 17 for 53 overall and only three of 18 from three-point range.
Missouri's starting guards - senior Earnest Ross and juniors Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown - entered play averaging more than 53 points per game, the most for a Tigers trio since Doug Smith (23.6), Anthony Peeler (19.4) and Jevon Crudup (12.0) during the 1990-91 season.
Against Georgia, which had been 0-4 all time against Missouri before this season, the Tigers' big three combined for 38 points on 11-of-37 shooting.
The 56 points are the fewest for Missouri, which started the game one of 16 from behind the arc, since last season's 83-52 debacle at Florida. That was also the last time the Tigers lost by as many as 15 points.
Clarkson and Brown finished with 17 points apiece, but Clarkson was just four of 12 from the field, and Brown was five of 17, including only one of seven on threes.
Ross scored only four points on two-of-eight shooting.
Freshman Johnathan Williams III finished with 10 points, while sophomore Ryan Rosburg grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds for Missouri, which won the battle on the boards 38-31.
Despite shooting below 27 percent in the first half - including a three-for-18 cold stretch finishing the half - Missouri trailed only by three points entering the final minute.
But Georgia took a 31-22 lead into the break when junior Nemanja Djurisic drained a three-pointer from the left wing and then beat the buzzer with a deep three from the right wing.
The Tigers got off to a shaky start before briefly catching fire from the field and taking a 14-11 lead on a three-pointer by Brown and two free throws by Williams.
Missouri, which made four of five shots after misfiring on its first three from the field, went into the deep freeze the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Georgia, which gets to the line more than 30 times per game in conference play, couldn't buy a free throw. The Bulldogs went zero for six at the line in the first half but made up for it by shooting 54 percent from the field.
Georgia went 16 of 20 from the free-throw line in the second half and never led by fewer than six points in the half.