Missouri’s K.J. Santos, left, Kevin Puryear, center, and Jordan Geist, right, watch the final minutes of their 87-63 loss to Tennessee from the bench during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Missouri’s K.J. Santos, left, Kevin Puryear, center, and Jordan Geist, right, watch the final minutes of their 87-63 loss to Tennessee from the bench during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) L.G. Patterson AP
Missouri’s K.J. Santos, left, Kevin Puryear, center, and Jordan Geist, right, watch the final minutes of their 87-63 loss to Tennessee from the bench during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) L.G. Patterson AP

Alex Schiffer has been covering the Missouri Tigers for The Star since October 2017. He came in second place for magazine-length feature writing by the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association in 2018 and graduated from Mizzou in 2017.