University of Missouri

Missouri losing streak reaches nine games with 86-71 loss at Vanderbilt

Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell (center) passed the ball as he drove past Vanderbilt defenders Matthew Fisher-Davis (5) and Luke Kornet (3) in the first half as the Tigers and Commodores played Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Missouri guard Tramaine Isabell (center) passed the ball as he drove past Vanderbilt defenders Matthew Fisher-Davis (5) and Luke Kornet (3) in the first half as the Tigers and Commodores played Wednesday night in Nashville, Tenn. The Associated Press

Missouri’s current swoon hit nine games Wednesday with an 86-71 loss against Vanderbilt on Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville.

It was more of the same for the Tigers, who dug a big early hole then played well in spurts but were clearly overmatched.

The Commodores, 14-10 and 6-5 in the SEC, jumped in front 6-0 and quickly buried the Tigers with another 9-0 surge, going up 15-2 in the opening 7-plus minutes.

Sophomore Jeff Roberson’s back-to-back three-pointers capped a dominant early effort for coach Kevin Stallings’ crew, which led by double digits throughout the final 30:48.

Missouri, 8-16 and 1-10 in conference, never got closer than eight points the remainder of the game.

Vanderbilt led by as many as 25 during the opening minutes of the first half, but senior Ryan Rosburg and sophomore Jakeenan Gant made sure the game didn’t turn into a complete embarrassment.

Rosburg, who scored a career-high 17 points Saturday at Alabama, blew past his career high with 24 points, including 15 in the second half. He added a season-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Gant, who returned from a one-game suspension along with junior Russell Woods, went off for 16 points on 7 of 9 shooting. He made two three-pointers for the first time in his college career.

Gant’s previous career high was 13 points in his college debut Dec. 13 against Xavier last season — ironically enough, his first game after a nine-game suspension to begin last season.

Sophomore Namon Wright shrugged off a sluggish first half and finished with 11 points.

Freshman forward Kevin Puryear added 10 points and seven rebounds. He has reached double figures in scoring in 16 of 24 career games.

Still, it wasn’t nearly enough.

All five of Vanderbilt’s starters scored in double figures led by sophomore Wade Baldwin IV, who scored 17 with six rebounds and seven assists.

Junior Damian Jones added 14 points before fouling out with 4:08 remaining, while junior Luke Kornet added 13 points and game highs of 12 rebounds and five blocks.

Sophomore Matt Fisher-Davis also scored 13, while Roberson added 12 points and eight boards.

Missouri junior Wes Clark had six assists, which tied the second-most in a game this season, but he was scoreless, going 0 of 8 from the field.

The Tigers guards combined to shoot 7 of 33 overall — a meager 21.2 percent, including Wright’s 4 of 9 performance — and 1 of 11 from three-point range.

Missouri attempted a season-high 72 shots, but only made 27 — good for 37.5 percent. The numbers from three-point range, 3 of 16 for an icy 18.8 percent, were even worse.

The shooting woes also showed up at the free-throw line, where the Tigers were 14 of 24.

Vanderbilt only outrebounded Missouri 46-45, but controlled the game by shooting 47.7 percent from the field and blocking nine shots.

The Tigers have lost 23 consecutive true road games, including 20 straight in SEC play, and also has lost 27 in a row away from Mizzou Arena against NCAA Division I competition.

Missouri has never won at Memorial Gymnasium, which opened in 1952, and has lost there each of the last two seasons.

The Tigers’ current nine-game skid is the fifth-longest in program history. The longest is last season’s 13-game losing streak, which is the only double-digit streak MU’s endured since 1967.

The Tigers only shot 28.6 percent from the field, going 10 of 35 overall and a meager 1 of 9 from three-point range in the first half.

Meanwhile, the Commodores were 17 of 34 from the field and 7 of 17 from three-point range in building a 45-26 halftime lead.

Wednesday’s summary

VANDERBILT 86, MISSOURI 71

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

MISSOURI

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Puryear

23

4-10

2-3

3-7

0

1

10

Rosburg

29

9-18

6-11

4-11

1

4

24

Phillips

20

1-5

2-4

1-5

4

3

4

Wright

27

4-9

3-4

1-4

0

2

11

Clark

31

0-8

0-0

1-2

6

2

0

VanLeer

17

1-4

0-0

0-3

0

2

3

Isabell

16

1-7

0-0

1-2

1

1

2

Gant

15

7-9

0-0

1-2

0

5

16

Woods

11

0-1

0-0

1-3

0

3

0

Walton

8

0-0

1-2

0-0

1

0

1

Allen

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Barton

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Wolf

1

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

TEAM

   

4-6

   

Totals

200

27-72

14-24

17-45

13

23

71

Percentages: FG .375, FT .583. Three-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Gant 2-3, VanLeer 1-3, Phillips 0-1, Puryear 0-1, Wolf 0-1, Isabell 0-2, Clark 0-2, Wright 0-3). Blocked Shots: 1 (Gant). Turnovers: 6 (Clark 3, Wright 2, VanLeer). Steals: 5 (Puryear 2, Walton, Rosburg, Phillips). Technical Fouls: None.

TableStyle: SP-bkwideplayersCCI Template: SP-bkwideplayers

VANDERBILT

Min

FG-A

FT-A

O-R

A

PF

PT

Kornet

28

6-10

0-0

3-12

2

4

13

Roberson

34

4-6

2-2

4-8

1

3

12

Jones

21

7-10

0-2

2-4

0

5

14

Baldwin IV

30

5-12

6-9

1-6

7

2

17

Fisher-Davis

33

3-10

4-4

0-4

2

1

13

LaChance

17

1-4

2-3

0-1

0

1

4

Cressler

15

3-7

0-0

1-4

2

1

7

Henderson

10

1-1

2-6

1-2

2

1

4

Justice

6

0-3

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Sehic

2

0-1

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Toye

2

1-1

0-1

0-1

0

0

2

Watkins

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Josephs

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

TEAM

   

1-3

   

Totals

200

31-65

16-27

13-46

16

19

86

Percentages: FG .477, FT .593. Three-Point Goals: 8-29, .276 (Fisher-Davis 3-10, Roberson 2-3, Kornet 1-3, Baldwin IV 1-3, Cressler 1-4, Sehic 0-1, Justice 0-2, LaChance 0-3). Blocked Shots: 9 (Kornet 5, Toye, Roberson, Jones, Fisher-Davis). Turnovers: 11 (Jones 2, Kornet 2, Baldwin IV 2, Fisher-Davis 2, LaChance, Roberson, Toye). Steals: 3 (Cressler, Roberson, Fisher-Davis). Technical Fouls: None.

Half: Vanderbilt 45-26. Attendance: 10,006. Officials: Tim Gattis, Brent Hampton, Gerry Pollard.

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Longest losing streaks in Mizzou basketball history

Dates

Head coach

Games

Jan. 10-Feb. 21, 2015

Kim Anderson

13

Dec. 15, 1966-Jan. 31, 1967

Bob Vanatta

12

Dec. 30, 1965-Feb. 21, 1966

Bob Vanatta

12

Dec. 20, 1958-Feb. 7, 1959

Jan. 12, 2016-Feb. 10, 2016

Wilbur Stalcup

Kim Anderson

11

9

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