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Missouri notes: Forwards Jakeenan Gant, Russell Woods remain suspended

Missouri Tigers coach Kim Anderson said Monday he will decide closer to Wednesday’s game at Vanderbilt whether to reinstate junior forward Russell Woods and sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant, who were suspended Friday after Columbia police cited them for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Missouri Tigers coach Kim Anderson said Monday he will decide closer to Wednesday’s game at Vanderbilt whether to reinstate junior forward Russell Woods and sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant, who were suspended Friday after Columbia police cited them for possession of drug paraphernalia. AL.com via The Associated Press

Missouri junior forward Russell Woods and sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant remain suspended for now.

Tigers coach Kim Anderson said a decision won’t be made until closer to Wednesday’s 8 p.m. tipoff against Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tenn.

“We are still evaluating that situation, and by Wednesday will have an answer about whether or not they’re going to play in the game,” Anderson said Monday.

He hasn’t decided yet whether Woods or Gant will travel to the game.

Both players were suspended Friday — and missed Saturday’s 80-71 loss at Alabama — after being cited for possession of drug paraphernalia a day earlier.

“We are trying to do a better job of teaching our guys and encouraging our guys to do the right thing,” Anderson said. “There’s got to be some accountability, and when there’s not, there’s got to be consequences. It will continue to be that way.”

Anderson bristled at the notion he’s been too harsh in handing out numerous suspensions during the last two seasons.

“I think a lot of programs would do the same thing that I just did,” he said. “The only way to sometimes teach is to take the ball away or put guys on the bench or whatever. There just has to be some accountability.”

He added: “Some people criticize me for being too difficult, but I’m going to tell you that’s not true. … I’ve been fair with every guy. Every guy understands expectations. There are not a whole lot of rules — go to class, conduct yourself as a gentleman, be on time. It’s not rocket science. All you’ve got to do is do it.”

Missouri also was without sophomore forward D’Angelo Allen in the loss to the Crimson Tide. He had strep throat and didn’t make the trip, but Anderson said he expects Allen to be available at Vanderbilt.

That should help the Tigers, who only had one reserve frontcourt player at Alabama. Walk-on freshman forward Adam Wolf finished with two rebounds in 12 minutes.

“D.A.’s a guy who bring some energy …” Anderson said. “When a team plays a zone, D.A.’s pretty good in the middle of the zone. He does a pretty good job, so it’ll be good to have him back.”

Tate family in mourning

Missouri assistant coach Corey Tate’s father died Sunday in St. Louis.

“He had been ill for quite a while, so Corey is a trouper,” Anderson said.

Tate was on the road recruiting when his father died.

“I told him to get home …,” Anderson said. “He’s back in St. Louis now and certainly we wish the family well. … I kept telling him (the last few weeks), ‘Just go home. Go, get away and go be with your family.’ He said, ‘No, I’m fine. My dad would want me to be here.’ 

Anderson said he wasn’t sure whether Tate will be with the team in Nashville.

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