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Mizzou basketball drops finale in Italy to Kosovo national team 86-80

The Missouri Tigers, who are 19-44 in the last two seasons under coach Kim Anderson, went 3-1 during a 10-day international tour, which concludes Monday when the team flies home.
The Missouri Tigers, who are 19-44 in the last two seasons under coach Kim Anderson, went 3-1 during a 10-day international tour, which concludes Monday when the team flies home. The Associated Press

Missouri dropped its fourth and final game in Italy on Saturday as the Kosovo national team rallied for an 86-80 win in Milan.

The Tigers, who are 19-44 in the last two seasons under coach Kim Anderson, went 3-1 during a 10-day international tour, which concludes Monday when the team flies home.

Kosovo used its size combined with a 45.5-percent shooting from long range, going 15 of 33 on three-pointers, to rally past Mizzou in the second half.

The Tigers, who led 50-45 early in the third quarter, were led by sophomore guard Terrence Phillips’ team-high 22 points with eight rebounds and a game-high six assists.

Senior forward Russell Woods also played well on the interior for MU, scoring 16 with 14 rebounds, while sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer scored 11, including three three-pointers.

VanLeer hit at least two threes in all four games and finished the exhibition slate 14 of 30 from long range. He was the team’s leading scorer in Italy at 13.8 points per game.

Freshman forward Willie Jackson only scored four points, but he had 10 rebounds and finished the tour averaging a team-best 9.5 per game.

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