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Florida routs Mizzou 93-54 to extend losing streak to team-record 13 games

Mizzou's Kim Anderson discusses 39-point loss at Florida

Missouri coach Kim Anderson discusses a 93-54 loss Thursday against Florida at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. It was the Tigers' 13th straight loss, which ties the program record.
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Missouri coach Kim Anderson discusses a 93-54 loss Thursday against Florida at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla. It was the Tigers' 13th straight loss, which ties the program record.

Missouri beat Florida football head-to-head Wednesday in the recruiting battle for Eastern Arizona College defensive tackle Malik Young.

The Gators got revenge Thursday on the basketball court at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, pummeling the Tigers 93-54 before a national audience on ESPN2.

“It was very frustrating, because I really thought we were prepared,” third-year MU coach Kim Anderson said. “Obviously, we weren’t. … We didn’t even jump on the tip, so I should have known then.”

Yep, things went south that fast.

No. 24 Florida (17-5, 7-2 SEC) scored on its first nine possessions in building an 18-3 lead during the opening 5  1/2 minutes.

“They came out and completely overmatched us,” Anderson said. “... It was kind of like getting hit by a train.”

Missouri (5-16, 0-9 SEC) trailed by as many as 31 points in the first half, which ended with second-year coach Mike White’s squad in front 48-20, and fell behind by as many as 44 in the second half.

“It’s real tough, especially on the road with their crowd and the way the student section was just going crazy,” said MU sophomore guard K.J. Walton, who finished with 10 points. “You’ve got to be composed. We’re a young team, and we showed it tonight.”

Anderson’s squad steadied a bit after halftime — led by sophomore guard Terrence Phillips, who went 3 of 3 from deep in the second half and finished with a team-high 14 points — but the Gators were never threatened.

Florida, which won the first-half rebounding battle 31-13 and finished with a 56-32 edge on the boards, never led by fewer than 27 in the second half.

“I don’t think we’ve started a game better this year,” White said of his Florida team. “Our focus was really good from the start. With the big distraction of Saturday, I was really proud of the effort, mental focus and maturity we continue to show.”

The Gators will host No. 8 Kentucky (and ESPN’s College GameDay) on Saturday, but White’s crew — which connected on 11 threes and went 22 of 27 at the free-throw line — didn’t play distracted.

Instead, Florida beat its third straight major-conference opponent by 30-plus points (105-71 at LSU and 84-52 at Oklahoma) for the first time in school history.

Mizzou’s 39-point loss, the fifth of at least 30 points during Anderson’s tenure, is tied for the seventh-worst loss in team history.

With the loss, the Tigers matched the longest losing streak in the program’s 111-year history at 13 straight games.

The Tigers matched the dubious record established two years ago during Anderson’s first season.

“We really haven’t talked anything about any records or anything like that,” Anderson said. “Until tonight, I thought this was the first game where we just were completely overmatched. Obviously, that’s disappointing, but I don’t bring up talking about records. Sure, it’s disappointing and frustrating, but I won’t talk about it (Friday) either. We just need to come out and try to win a game.”

Less than 48 will have passed when Missouri plays host to Arkansas at 5 p.m. Saturday for the second annual Rally for Rhyan benefit game.

“(The short turnaround) is a good thing, especially after a game like this,” Phillips said. “It was our first game we really got manhandled, so it’s a good thing for it to be a short turnaround. We’ll let it go and get ready for Arkansas on Saturday.”

Thursday’s loss was MU’s 14th straight in Southeastern Conference play, which also establishes a new record for the longest conference slide.

The Tigers extended program records for the longest road losing streak (31) and longest road losing streak in conference (28) as well.

Midway through the first half, the only remaining drama was if Florida would cover the gargantuan 22- 1/2 point spread in Las Vegas until former Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell took to Twitter.

Isabell, who transferred to Drexel last spring, started by taking exception to a months-old tweet by a Tigers staffer about the Tigers’ revamped roster then doubled down with an explanation of the second tweet.

It read: “All my friends know I LOVE that university. I’d send my kids there. Just never appreciated my brothers & I being BLAMED.. when it wasn’t us”

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

LONGEST LOSING STREAKS IN MISSOURI HISTORY

# of games Dates (Head coach) Avg. margin

13 — Jan. 10-Feb. 21, 2015 (Kim Anderson) -14.0 ppg

13 — Dec. 10, 2016-current (Kim Anderson) -12.0 ppg

12 — Dec. 15, 1966-Jan. 31, 1967 (Bob Vanatta) -13.0 ppg

12 — Dec. 30, 1965-Feb. 21, 1966 (Bob Vanatta) -19.9 ppg

11 — Dec. 20, 1958-Feb. 7, 1959 (Wilbur Stalcup) -7.5 ppg

9 — Jan. 12-Feb. 10, 2016 (Kim Anderson) -14.8 ppg

8 — Feb. 18-March 3, 1914 (O.F. Field) -8.0 ppg

8 — Dec. 12, 1960-Jan. 9, 1961 (Wilbur Stalcup) -11.8 ppg

8 — Feb. 7-March 6, 1967 (Bob Vanatta) -12.4 ppg

8 — Jan. 19-Feb. 18, 1974 (Norm Stewart) -7.9 ppg

LONGEST CONFERENCE LOSING STREAK IN MISSOURI HISTORY

# of games Dates (Head coach)

14 — Feb. 20, 2016-current (Kim Anderson)

13 — Jan. 10, 2015-Feb. 21, 2015 (Kim Anderson)

11 — Feb. 17, 1958-Feb. 7, 1959 (Wilbur Stalcup)

11 — Jan. 3, 1966-Feb. 21, 1966 (Bob Vanatta)

9 — Feb. 7, 1967-Jan. 6, 1968 (Bob Vanatta 8/Norm Stewart 1)

9 — Jan. 12, 2016-Feb. 10, 2016 (Kim Anderson)

8 — Feb. 18, 1914-March 3, 1914 (O.F. Field)

8 — Jan. 19, 1974-Feb. 18, 1974 (Norm Stewart)

LONGEST ROAD LOSING STREAKS IN MIZZOU HISTORY

# of games Dates (Head coach)

31 — Feb. 4, 2014 to current (Frank Haith5/Kim Anderson 26)

16 — Feb. 2, 1977 to Dec. 23, 1978 (Norm Stewart)

14 — Feb. 18, 1996 to Dec. 6, 1997 (Norm Stewart)

12 — Dec. 5, 1966 to March 6, 1967 (Bob Vanatta)

10 — Jan. 10, 1942 to Feb. 20, 1943 (George Edwards)

10 — Jan. 21, 2006 to Jan. 15, 2007 (Quin Snyder 4/Melvin Watkins 3/Mike Anderson 3)

LONGEST CONFERENCE ROAD LOSING STREAKS IN MIZZOU HISTORY

# of games Dates (Head coach)

28 — Feb. 4, 2014 to current (Frank Haith 5/Kim Anderson 23)

18 — Feb. 21, 1996 to Feb. 21, 1998 (Norm Stewart)

13 — March 1, 1940 to Feb. 20, 1943 (George Edwards)

13 — Feb. 23, 1959 to Feb. 1, 1961 (Wilbur Stalcup)

10 — March 5, 1973 to Jan, 22, 1975 (Norm Stewart)

10 — Feb. 2, 1977 to Feb. 18, 1978 (Norm Stewart)

WORST LOSSES IN MIZZOU HISTORY

() indicates AP ranking

Margin Date Opponent Score

55 Jan. 3, 1998 at Kansas State L, 111-56

52 Dec. 2, 1993 at (2) Arkansas L, 120-68

49 Jan. 13, 2015 at Kentucky L, 86-37

47 Dec. 28, 1977 vs. (17) Kansas* L, 96-49

47 Jan. 29, 1943 at Great Lakes NTS L, 92-45

44 Feb. 15, 1965 at (7) Kansas L, 98-54

39 Feb. 2, 2017 at (24) Florida L, 93-57

39 March 7, 1959 at (2) Kansas State L, 108-69

39 Dec. 19, 1941 at Washington State L, 62-23

37 Feb. 16, 2008 at (18) Kansas State L, 100-63

36 Dec. 13, 2015 at (13) Arizona L, 88-52

36 Feb. 3, 1996 at Oklahoma L, 104-68

36 March 9, 1974 at (15) Kansas L, 112-76

36 Jan. 13, 1945 Iowa Pre-Flight L, 74-38

35 Feb. 25, 1967 at (4) Kansas L, 90-55

35 Dec. 29, 1966 vs. Colorado* L, 92-57

35 Feb. 4, 1963 at Kansas State L, 90-55

34 Jan. 27, 2016 at (20) Kentucky L, 88-54

34 Feb. 11, 1986 at (3) Kansas L, 100-66

33 Jan. 12, 2016 Arkansas L, 94-61

33 Feb. 18, 2006 at (22) Kansas L, 79-46

33 Dec. 23, 1977 at Florida State L, 97-64

33 Dec. 26, 1970 vs. (8) Kansas* (Kansas City) L, 96-63

33 Feb. 16, 1957 (2) Kansas L, 91-58

32 Dec. 21, 2005 vs. (6) Illinois# (St. Louis) L, 82-50

32 Jan. 28, 2002 at (2) Kansas L, 105-73

31 Jan. 19, 2013 at (10) Florida L, 83-52

31 March 3, 1990 at Notre Dame L, 98-67

31 Feb. 24, 1945 at Kansas L, 64-33

31 Jan. 30, 1908 at Iowa L, 46-15

30 Dec. 7, 1964 at (1) Michigan L, 91-61

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