First-year coach Kim Anderson was known for his temper during his playing days with Missouri in the late 1970s.
Against Xavier on Saturday at Mizzou Arena, Anderson picked up his first technical as the Tigers’ coach.
Anderson felt junior Ryan Rosburg was fouled on a baseline drive that resulted in a turnover.
“I just thought that I needed to make a point and I obviously made it too vociferously,” said Anderson, who was disqualified from an MU-record 34 games as a player. “Exception was taken, so I got a technical foul.”
It didn’t come as a surprise to Missouri’s players.
“I see it every day in practice,” MU senior point guard Keith Shamburger said. “He always told us he’d have our back, especially if he thought it was a foul, and he thought it was a foul.”
The Tigers trailed 42-37 when Anderson picked up the technical with 13:01 remaining in the second half.
Missouri got a few calls and trimmed Xavier’s lead to 44-41 with 11 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Musketeers eventually pulled away for a 74-58 win.
“I don’t know if it was a good technical or a bad technical,” Anderson said.
▪ Key play: Freshman forward D’Angelo Allen had a steal near midcourt and cruised in for an uncontested dunk that pulled Missouri within four points after trailing by as many as 13.
▪ Key stat: Making his college debut, Missouri freshman forward Jakeenan Gant scored seven points and had a rebound and a blocked shot in 5 minutes off the bench.
▪ Key play: Down 10 with 8 minutes left, Gant got a steal around the Xavier three-point line and tried to trigger a fastbreak, but his pass ahead on a three-on-two break sailed out of bounds.
▪ Key stat: Missouri went zero for 11 from three-point range in the second half and finished one of 16 overall.