Mizzou assistant coach Brad Loos addresses the Rally for Rhyan crowd

Brian Consiglio, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 13—

The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team (9-16, 2-10) defeated Tennessee (12-13, 5-7), 75-64, at Mizzou Arena Saturday afternoon. Senior center Ryan Rosburg was the star of the show with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

He used excellent footwork down on the low blocks and shot 8-for-9 from the field. The other starting big man, Kevin Puryear, also had a great game adding 17 points and 5 rebounds. Puryear shot 6-for-8 from the field, including two three pointers on consecutive Missouri possessions in the early second half to extend the Tigers’ lead.

The victory was the Tigers’ first since Jan. 9 and also snapped a nine-game losing streak.

The play of the game came in the second half when Namon Wright came up with a steal on defense, dribbled down the court in transition and threw down a monsterous dunk that electrified Mizzou Arena. More than 10,000 fans showed up for the Rally for Rhyan game, which helped raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

Assistant coach Brad Loos has a five-year old daughter, Rhyan Loos that was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October of 2015. Rhyan and her family walked out onto the court at halftime and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Students got in free with a student I.D. while parents, alumni and other fans were given free admission with any amount of cash donation.

The promotion helped raise over 25,000 dollars for cancer research and boosted attendance to create an exciting environment inside Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers led by 11 at halftime despite nine first half turnovers, which have plagued the young Mizzou team all season. Tennessee rallied late in the second half, cutting the lead to just four with just over a minute left in the game, but Mizzou ended the game on a 7-0 run.

Rosburg capped the win with one final dunk in the closing seconds with his team having already secured the win. Rosburg’s intensity was visible Saturday with the senior’s last college basketball game coming up in early March due to Mizzou’s self-imposed postseason tournament ban after NCAA recruiting violations were found.

Although it was the big men who scored most of the points for the Tigers in Saturday’s win, it was 5’9” freshman guard Terrence Phillips who led the team in rebounds with seven. Phillips also dished out five assists.

The Tigers next host South Carolina at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday in an SEC matchup.

Photo courtesy of www.kansascity.com.