In his final college game, Davidson’s De’Mon Brooks bulled his way to a career-high 29 points, but his normally accurate teammates struggled from the perimeter in an 85-77 loss to Missouri in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Wildcats hit just nine of 29 3-point attempts. Brian Sullivan made one of eight from beyond the arc, and Tyler Kalinoski was four of 11.

“Having to defend the dribble so much on defense and then having to play that many minutes, that certainly impacts your shot,” said Davidson coach Bob McKillop, whose team finished with a 20-13 record. “I thought we had a couple of looks there when it was a one- or two-point game at the end that we just didn’t have enough into the shot, and I thought the fatigue factor was clearly the reason.”

Davidson maintained a small lead throughout much of the first half and went into halftime ahead 41-37 after senior Chris Czerapowicz hit a late 3-pointer that pushed him past 1,000 points for his career. The lead grew to as many as 13 points early in the second half.

Missouri, a No. 2 seed, appeared to be on the ropes. The Tigers (23-11) had only seven scholarship players available. Freshman reserve guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector were suspended after being arrested Saturday on suspicion of marijuana possession, and senior reserve forward Tony Criswell continued to serve a suspension for a violation of team rules. The Tigers have three other scholarships occupied by transfers sitting out a season per NCAA rules.

But all of Missouri’s active players were at least 6-foot-5, and the size of guards Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross took a toll on Davidson. The Tigers repeatedly muscled into the lane and drew fouls. Brown finished with 30 points after making 11 of 15 free throws. Ross scored 16, and Clarkson added 15.

“Clarkson, Ross and Brown have the bodies of pro guards. Brian Sullivan certainly doesn’t,” McKillop said with a chuckle. “I think their guards overpowered us.”