Missouri spent nine hours stuck in the airport in Lubbock, Texas, after the team’s charter experienced a mechanical failure with the landing gear during a refueling stop.
As frustrating as it was, Tigers coach Kim Anderson refused to blame any of his team’s struggles in an 88-52 loss Sunday at No. 13 Arizona on the travel issues.
“I wouldn’t do Arizona the disservice of saying that had something to do with the game,” he said. “No, I mean, we got here at 12:30 (a.m.). We had eight or nine hours of sleep. We had a walkthrough today. Would I have liked to have practice (Saturday)? Sure, but they played too well for me to even approach that. (Arizona) deserves a lot of credit.”
Missouri’s players seemed to handle the delay well.
“I was just relaxing and taking that time off that I thought we needed,” freshman guard Terrence Phillips said.
By the numbers
Three-pointers by freshman guard Cullen VanLeer, who had made at least one in the first eight games of his career.
Career shooting percentage for Adam Wolf, a walk-on from Beaver Dam (Wisc.) High. He swished a three-pointer from the right wing as a late-game sub.
Appearances this season by sophomore guard Jimmy Barton, a transfer from Houston Baptist. He also played against Maryland-Eastern Shore and Kansas State.